UK laws to ban fossil fuels
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.