The 2030 Diesel And Petrol Ban Is Still Going Ahead

The Transport Secretary has confirmed that the planned 2030 diesel and petrol ban is still going ahead, despite industry concerns…

2030 Fuel Ban Stands

The UK’s automotive industry is facing a series of pressing challenges, including chronic supply-chain issues and decreased demand. This had caused some speculation that the Government may back down from its plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles in 2030. However, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Transport Minister, has confirmed that this isn’t the case and that the plan stands.

Banning the sale of new ICE vehicles is widely regarded as being fundamental if the UK is to meet its target of being carbon-neutral by 2050. However, car manufacturers and automotive lobbying bodies have suggested that the date isn’t realistic and will place extreme pressure on manufacturers; potentially putting jobs at risk.

No Reduction in Targets 

Both Trevelyan and the Department for Transport (DfT) have rejected suggestions that environmental targets are being watered down in order to accommodate business interests; including those within the automotive sector.

A spokesman for the DfT commented on the suggestion. They said, “these claims are untrue, and we remain firm in our commitment to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. The move to electric vehicles is happening worldwide, and we are helping make the UK a world leader in this area by pledging £2.5bn to support the transition”.

They continued, “electric vehicles offer significant opportunities for savings against their petrol and diesel counterparts thanks to cheaper charging, lower maintenance costs and tax incentives – not to mention the potential for creating growth and jobs in the UK”.

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