Britain committed to its 2040 new petrol, diesel car ban

Britain committed to its 2040 new petrol, diesel car ban

Last July, Britain announced that it was set to halt sales of new diesel and petrol-powered vehicles by 2040, and the British government says it remains steadfast in its aim to achieve that target, despite a recent news report indicating that plans were being watered down from a full policy to a “mission,” Reuters reports.

The plan remains unchanged and is still on track, according to a government source. “We will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel engine cars by 2040,” the source told the news agency.

The original outline made last year reportedly did not affect hybrids or plug-in hybrids, but fears have cropped up of late that restrictions may be imposed on these, causing automakers to raise their concerns. However, the source said the ban will not impact hybrids. “It’s not government policy to ban hybrids,” he said.

More details about the plan – which will be known as “Road to Zero” – are set to emerge, but its final unveiling may not be that soon, the source added. The document’s reveal has already been delayed as the country’s transport, business and environment ministries discuss final proposals.

Britain says its pledge to go green on this front is needed because of the impact that poor air quality is having on public health, and authorities are determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible, with plans to implement a number of new measures. France also announced a similar course of action last year, with the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars set to be outlawed by 2040.

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Anthony Lim believes that nothing is better than a good smoke and a car with character, with good handling aspects being top of the prize heap. Having spent more than a decade and a half with an English tabloid daily never being able to grasp the meaning of brevity or being succinct, he wags his tail furiously at the idea of waffling - in greater detail - about cars and all their intrinsic peculiarities here.



  • Abdul Khatib on Jun 20, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Most people are now saying by 2030. But in Malaysia, even our great Proton, don’t even have hybrid, apa lagi EV

    Pump over RM20 billion to bail Proton out, and now, see, they don’t even have Hybrid, EV or PHEV.

    Gaji buta.

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    • Tajuddin Ohwai on Jun 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Meanwhile Malaysia still selling Euro 2 Ron 95 and Euro 2 diesel despite Euro 2 diesel and petrol being banned in Europe in 1994 cause it was proven to be cancer causing.

      Eventhough we sell Euro 5 diesel, 95% vehicles still fill up Euro 2 diesel which emits poison into the air for us to breathe

      24 years later, Malaysia still selling this toxic and poison to the rakyat

      Hopefully clean and new Government can change this…..oh wai

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      • Manifesto Dicapati on Jun 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm

        When is your gomen gonna fulfill ur promise of Rm 1.50 per liter petrol? Its already 40 days and counting.

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      • “95% vehicles still fill up Euro 2 diesel”
        Lolz! Even half a brain person can see how out of reality this statement is. Do u really think most of our cars r diesel like in EU?

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        • stastasta on Jun 22, 2018 at 10:06 am

          he means that the majority of diesel vehicles are still choosing to use the low quality diesel. use your brain to think.

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      • nosushi on Jun 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Jepunis hybrid car owners dowan big maintenance later wor, deswai fast fast to resell and RV goes into drain!

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    • John Dedak on Jun 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Proton will still be using petrol engines 2050. We might be the only country in the world using petrol engines by then

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      • Well isn’t that great, demand for fossil fuel plunge to the bottom, petrol/diesel would be super cheap by then. The inverse also apply for electricity price.

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      • musangKing-originalz on Jun 21, 2018 at 10:04 am

        by then our nation becomes a tourist attraction as in a case of museum … good move!

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      • If proton 2050, P2 then 2100!

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  • Quay blood to Petra on Jun 21, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Foresee bleak future for O&G cartels as many more nations will eventually ban there automotive running on benzine or diesel soon. Furthermore there are actively promoting recycled plastics for automotive parts and component. The only business may survive for O&G cartels are natural gas and chemicals compound supply…

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