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New petrol and diesel car sales to be banned from 2040

Wednesday 26 July 2017, By Autovolo

New petrol and diesel car sales to be banned from 2040

New petrol and diesel car sales to be banned from 2040

The government is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 as it attempts to tackle air pollution.

Environment secretary Michael Gove revealed the news today, along with a pledge to introduce "value for money and appropriately targeted" diesel scrappage schemes.

The ban is expected to be confirmed when the government releases its clean air strategy. Earlier this year, a draft proposal called a diesel scrappage scheme “infeasible” because of the related costs.

However, the draft outlined ‘clean air zones’ for high-pollution areas, which would be set up and run by local authorities. These are expected to be confirmed, with a £255 million fund to support their introduction.

Gove told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change, do damage to our planet and to the next generation."

Mike Hawes, CEO of UK automotive industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “Currently demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles is growing but still at a very low level as consumers have concern over affordability, range and charging points.

“Outright bans risk undermining the current market for new cars and our sector – which supports over 800,000 jobs across the UK – so the industry instead wants a positive approach which gives consumers incentives to purchase these cars.”

The UK is following in the footsteps of France, which recently pledged to introduce a similar ban by 2040, and the Netherlands and Norway, which want to stop petrol and diesel engine sales by 2025.