UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

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Lon­don, United King­dom - Bri­tain said on Wed­nes­day it will out­law the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pol­lu­tion but en­vi­ron­men­tal groups said the pro­pos­als did not go far enough.

En­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Michael Gove an­nounced the move as part of the gov­ern­ment’s keenlyawaited £3bn air pol­lu­tion plan, which will de­mand that coun­cils pro­pose mea­sures by March next year to re­duce ni­tro­gen diox­ide (NO2) lev­els.

The ban on petrol and diesel cars as well as vans fol­lows a sim­i­lar pro­posal by the French gov­ern­ment, and will also in­clude hy­brid ve­hi­cles that have an elec­tric mo­tor and a petrol or diesel en­gine. “The Con­ser­va­tives had a man­i­festo prom­ise to en­sure that by 2050 there would be no diesel or petrol ve­hi­cles on the road and to­day we’re con­firm­ing that should mean no new diesel or petrol ve­hi­cles by 2040,” Gove told BBC Ra­dio 4.

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