UK’s pledge to stop selling fossil cars from 2030 questionable

UK’s pledge to stop selling fossil cars from 2030 questionable

The government announcement of a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030 onwards has been warmly welcomed by green NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). However, T&E warns the commitment will remain just an aspiration until there is a clear plan to deliver on it.

To end sales of new fossil fuel cars and vans, the government needs to introduce a target for all carmakers to sell an increasing share of zero-emissions vehicles each year, with penalties if they fail to comply, T&E said. It also needs to improve the charging experience for EV drivers, such as by requiring roaming between networks; and also reform motor taxes to encourage more car and van buyers to switch to electric.

T&E said a British commitment to phase out ICEs for cars and vans now needs to be extended to diesel trucks. Sales of new diesel trucks will also need to end during the 2030’s. The EU should also name an end date for selling new petrol and diesel cars, vans and trucks when it reviews its vehicle emissions regulations.

Cars and vans are responsible for over 60% of UK transport emissions and trucks another 16%. Meanwhile, electric vehicles are expected to reach 12% of overall car sales next year.

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