UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040
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.