UK government delays ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars to 2035, matching European Union’s target

UK government delays ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars to 2035, matching European Union’s target

The United Kingdom government has said it will postpone the ban on the sale of new petrol- and diesel-powered cars to 2035. The ban, which was announced nearly three years ago, was initially due to come into effect in 2030.

The move aligns the UK with the European Union (EU), which said it will ban the sale of new CO2-emitting cars (powered by petrol or diesel) from 2035. Even so, Sunak says the UK government is still aiming for the country to be Net Zero (carbon neutral) by 2050, noting that the change is a “more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach” that “eases the burdens on working people.”

In his speech, Sunak stated he expected that by 2030, the vast majority of cars sold will be electric due to reducing costs, range improvements and better charging infrastructure. “People are already choosing electric vehicles to such an extent that we’re registering a new one every 60 seconds. But I also think that at least for now, it should be you the consumer that makes that choice, not government forcing you to do it,” said Sunak.

“Because the upfront cost is still high – especially for families struggling with the cost of living. Small businesses are worried about the practicalities. And we’ve got further to go to get that charging infrastructure truly nationwide. And we need to strengthen our own auto industry, so we aren’t reliant on heavily subsidised, carbon intensive imports, from countries like China,” he continued.

“So, to give us more time to prepare, I’m announcing today that we’re going to ease the transition to electric vehicles. You’ll still be able to buy petrol and diesel cars and vans until 2035. Even after that, you’ll still be able to buy and sell them second-hand. We’re aligning our approach with countries like Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and US states such as California, New York and Massachusetts and still ahead of the rest of America and other countries like New Zealand,” Sunak added.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Bob Mal on Sep 26, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    First of all don’t know what do you want to align yourself to EU since you already had Brexit so you can continue until 2050 also no one cares.

    Secondly what British brand do you have left for the common family?
    Lotus – Sold to Proton then Geely and all future models EV.
    MG – Also sold to China and future models EV.
    Jaguar Land Rover – Owned by Tata
    Aston Martin & McLaren – Still owned by British but don’t think normal people can buy those cars.
    TVR – dead

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    • Wow why you so angry? They want to follow, just let them follow.

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    • Someone on Sep 26, 2023 at 5:15 pm

      Its not just British brand that they ban la. Its basically all ICE car sales. Any brand selling cars in UK will have to comply

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  • dong gor on Sep 26, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    is there really a need to ban ICE? let the market decides what’s best and eventually something that is not wanted will not survive. The ban in my opinion is more a political stand with many udang udang behind the rocks.

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    • Earth Prince on Sep 26, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Ya lorr….we were so comfortable toiling our lands, taking afternoon siestas, ngeteh kat warung, living in backward kampungs and wearing sarung without underwear for better ventilation. You Brits had to come colonize Asia and introduce industrialization. Now we have to bear consequences of your pollution. Kimak mat salleh!

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    • Mike Tee on Sep 27, 2023 at 10:08 am

      Indeed let the market decide. When EV tech advances and petrol is no more subsidised, there will come a point when it does not make financial sense to buy ICE, even in Malaysia.

      It’s like mechanical watch vs quartz watch, or fountain pen vs ballpoint pen. There are people who would never wear a smart/quartz watch or who won’t write with a ballpoint but they both fulfill the basic function better, will less fuss, at a lower price. That EV tipping point will come in our lifetime.

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  • ThePolygon on Sep 27, 2023 at 8:22 am

    If they can’t meet the deadline, just extend it. <- Sums the whole thing up.

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  • Now the fox is showing their tail. The way to boost EV sales in these few years.

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