UK laws to ban fos­sil fu­els

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THE Bri­tish trans­port depart­ment has un­veiled “Road to Zero” laws that will ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

The laws re­quire charg­ing sta­tions at all new homes and of­fices, and power out­lets on ev­ery street light next to a park­ing slot.

The depart­ment has made avail­able £400 mil­lion to in­cen­tivise the build­ing of new charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture across the coun­try.

“The strat­egy sets out a pack­age of mea­sures to ensure that elec­tric ve­hi­cle driv­ers will be able to eas­ily lo­cate and ac­cess charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture that is af­ford­able, ef­fi­cient and re­li­able,” trans­port sec­re­tary Chris Grayling said in a state­ment.

The Road to Zero laws re­quire cars to have an elec­tric range of at least 50 miles on bat­tery power by 2040, which would rule out con­ven­tional hy­brids as well as non-hy­brid petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles. Grayling said the aim was to have half of traf­fic plug-in ve­hi­cles by 2030 and all traf­fic to be zero emis­sion by 2040.

“The tran­si­tion to zero emis­sion road trans­port is hap­pen­ing now across the world,” said Grayling.

Sev­eral cities in Bri­tain, in­clud­ing Lon­don, Birm­ing­ham, and Leeds, have al­ready set fines for older petrol and diesel cars trav­el­ling into their city cen­tres.

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