2040 petrol ban
Government announces ban on petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040
How it will effect us?
When John Mcguinness, Bruce Anstey or Guy Martin step off their TT Zero bikes at the Isle of Man TT they’re always forced to defend the inclusion of electric power in our viciously entrenched petrol-burning culture of motorcycling.
But last week, the Governement announced their intent to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, with a goal of banishing almost all combustion engine vehicles from our roads by 2050. The ramifications of that are hugely wide-ranging, from the creation of an electric-enabled road network, to the huge increase needed in electricity production to fuel an estimated doubling in UK national grid power consumption.
As less than 1% of the UK’S road traffic, motorcycles are barely contributing to the problem and – predictably – are being broadly ignored as part of the solution.
While not singled-out by the new plans, there are certain to be punitive measures taken against us. It’s already been announced that pre-2007 motorcycles will be charged £12.50 per day to enter London’s Low Emission Zone from 2020, and by 2040 it appears that all pre-2000 motorcycles will face a similar system of fines or charges nationally.
The Government has already implemented an incentive for new electric motorcycle purchase, offering buyers a £1500 rebate – but with bike prices still being prohibitively high, choice being exceptionally limited, and practicality still a distant goal rather than a reality (for most) – it’s neither enough, nor the answer.
What it is, is an opportunity for bike development to fast-track inevitably stratospheric improvements in battery performance, weight and packaging.