Britain announces petrol and diesel auto ban

28 July, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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The news has been welcomed by groups including the Northern Irish branch of the Green Party, which pointed out that air pollution can worsen respiratory health.

Image: UK to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.

It follows a similar announcement earlier this month by the French government, while German cities including Stuttgart and Munich have also said they are considering banning some diesel vehicles.

In the autumn, the government will launch a consultation to gather feedback on measures to support motorists, residents, and businesses that will be affected by local plans.

In addition, the 103-page report accompanying yesterday's announcement makes no mention of tractors or other farm vehicles.

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BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said:"There will now be a huge focus on the government's strategy for a pathway to zero emission transport for all road vehicles, due for publication by March 2018. If enacted it would send a very clear signal to manufacturers and consumers of the direction of travel and may accelerate a transition to electric cars". "It's because they're an easy touch".

He said: "I think we all realised this was the way things were going".

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"Do we have the infrastructure to produce the electricity?"

Several auto makers have welcomed today's news, with Hyundai stating that the combustion engine ban aligns with its current plans.

Back in the old days when cars had carburetors and the exhaust fumes from the vehicle ahead of you were so strong you could smell them, people who wanted an early exit from the rigors of life would simply roll down the garage door, start the engine, and go peacefully to their eternal rest, thanks to the toxic stew spewing out of the tailpipe of their internal combustion powered auto. We found it to be quiet and well controlled, but at around £66,000 it's certainly pricey, and with limited volumes coming to the United Kingdom it's likely to be a very rare sight.

The government hopes that these plans, combined with the headline internal combustion engine ban in 2040, will be enough to assuage the naysayers-and, one assumes, to stop the air quality on some United Kingdom streets from being illegally poor.

Mr Gove added that outside London there are a "limited number of roads" which have too many diesel vehicles travelling on them.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs analysed over 1800 of Britain's major roads and found that 81 breached legal pollution limits for NO2, with 33 of these outside of London. Since air pollution is a devolved matter, Defra was asked if Northern Ireland may be able to opt out of the planned end to selling fossil fuel cars by 2040.

Jim Holder, editorial director of What Car? magazine, said it would be "a tall order" to increase the market share of electrified vehicles from just four per cent today of new car sales today to 100 per cent in just 23 years' time.

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