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Sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles banned by 2040 in new UK clean air strategy

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jul 2017

Hot on the heels of France's announcement earlier in the month, the UK government has announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the country from 2040. It is part of a wider £3bn clean air strategy designed to combat air pollution in the country.

As part of this, a £255m fund will created for local councils to assist them in efforts to tackle emissions. Of this, £40m is being made available immediately. The fund will be partially financed by changes to tax on diesel vehicles.  

The money will be able to be used for a number of projects, such as stimulating public transport use, adopting new technology, or changing road layouts. Should these not reduce emissions sufficiently, charging zones would be possible, although the UK government insisted that this should be only for a "limited periods".

Other points in the strategy include a new Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. This will enable the government to make the installation of electric charging points at motorway service stations and large fuel retailers obligatory.

No scrappage scheme is included in the plans. The Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs claims that analysis of previous schemes demonstrates that they are of poor value to tax payers.

For more information, visit bbc.com.   

Image credit: Electric car charging spaces (from Flickr) by Glen Wallace under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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