Britain bans polluting petrol, diesel cars from 2040

These countries want to ditch gas and diesel cars

Despite the progress, Transport Minister Simon Bridges isn't ready to set a target of banning new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 like Britain and France just yet though.

Though the measure could lead to dramatic cuts in fuel consumption, the measure does little to address the oil demand from airlines and commercial vehicles, he added.

The UK is set to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040, following in the footsteps of France.

It came after judges agreed with environmental campaigners that previous plans were insufficient to meet European Union pollution limits.

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

"The diesel sector is more riddled with misunderstanding than electrification", he said.

Volvo announced it would only make hybrid or electric vehicles from 2019 onwards earlier this month and Mark Henry, head of motor trade group at law firm Birketts, said he believed others would follow.

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Dr Frederik Dahlmann, Warwick Business School assistant professor of global energy and researches the low carbon economy, said: "There is a good chance the market will have largely shifted towards EV vehicle before the deadline of 2040, other than specialist collector super cars and the classic auto market".

The decision for the United Kingdom was brought on in part by the strict emission rules of the European Union that must be followed by the country even as it readies to leave the 28-nation bloc. Campaigners want cities to impose entry fees on diesel drivers, but councils will only be allowed to do so if no other measures are available, with ministers wary of "punishing" drivers of cars who bought their vehicles in good faith, according to media reports. "In the smaller segments there is definitely a switch from diesel towards petrol engines, but in larger cars diesel is still holding its own".

"Meanwhile, the latest clean technologies available in modern diesel and petrol powertrains will continue to play an important part in keeping cities and businesses across the United Kingdom moving".

"What we're saying to local authorities is: Come up with an imaginative solution to these proposals,"' Gove told the BBC. According to analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, almost 80 percent of cars purchased in the U.K.by 2040 would be electric under existing policies.

Poor air quality is the culprit for 40,000 premature deaths in the United Kingdom alone.

"With so many unanswered questions about charging infrastructure, grid capacity and the affordability and availability of electric vehicles, we need a clearer roadmap on the government's 2040 vision".

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".

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