EDITOR’S COMMENT: THE UK GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO STOP THE SALE OF ALL NEW PETROL, DIESEL AND HYBRID CARS BY 2035, WITH THE INTENTION OF BEING COMPLETELY CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2050. THIS POLICY IS HORRIBLY EXPENSIVE AND NEEDLESS, AND THREATENS THE JOBS AND LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. SIGN OUR PETITION NOW!
The sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from 2030 and hybrid vehicles outlawed five years later, Boris Johnson will announce today.
Diesel lorries will also be phased out in the attempt to meet climate change targets. There will be a significant expansion of grants for domestic energy improvements and new funding for nuclear and hydrogen power.
A 2030 ban on new combustion engine cars was a key demand of the Times campaign to cut toxic emissions. The “Clean Air For All” campaign, launched 18 months ago, called for Britain to come into line with countries such as Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
The phasing out of the combustion engine, particularly in built-up areas, is seen as essential to cutting air pollution, which contributes to about 40,000 premature deaths a year. In February the prime minister said he would bring forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to 2035.
Mr Johnson will present today’s measures as part of a job-creating “green industrial revolution” as he seeks to blunt opposition to the extra costs to households and businesses in the switch to a low-carbon economy.