Date to stop diesel and petrol cars must be sooner

Currently, the Government intends to stop the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040, but the Committee on Climate Change members are advising that this is too late and should be closer to 2030.

The committee believes that the cost of electric cars will be similar by 2025, thereby removing any reason to maintain sales. However, in order to achieve this, the deployment of recharging and hydrogen refuelling points needs to accelerate.

If the date of the proscription is not reset, the number of existing petrol and diesel vehicles on the road in 2050 would stop the Government reaching its 2050 zero-emission deadline.

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