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New Petrol and Diesel Cars to be Banned within the Decade

Posted on 20th November, 2020

 

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19 NOV 20 Confused.com writes,

"Petrol and diesel cars to be banned within the decade. New petrol and diesel cars won’t be sold in the UK from 2030.

 

The ban, originally set for 2040, was brought forward to 2035 earlier this year. Now it’s been brought forward another 5 years. If you're concerned about how the ban could affect you, read our guide.

 

The government is allocating £4 billion to fund the ban, using £1.3 billion of this to create more charging points for electric vehicles (EV).

 

What does this mean for buying petrol or diesel cars?

 

From 2030, you won't be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car. You'll still be able to buy them second-hand, and you won't have to scrap your existing car.

 

New hybrid cars may still be available until 2035.

 

To help drivers make the switch to EV, £582 million in grants is being made available to make them cheaper to buy.

 

The announcement is part of a wider scheme of measures that aim to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called this the “green industrial revolution”. He believes this will create jobs in alternative energy industries and help cut the UK’s carbon emissions. Why has the ban been brought forward?

 

It’s no secret that we’re living through a climate emergency, and the UK government has an ambitious target to hit zero carbon emissions by 2050. Transport accounts for about a third of the UK’s emissions, so the earlier these are cut the quicker we can reach that target.

 

Does this mean my next car has to be electric?

 

Not at all. You’ll still be able to get petrol and diesel cars second-hand after 2030. But as the UK shifts closer to a green transport network, there could be an impact on your car’s running costs."

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