MPs want new petrol and diesel cars banned by 2032

By Charlotte Whyatt - Thu 25th Oct 2018
MPs want new petrol and diesel cars banned by 2032

The ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward to 2032, several MPs have argued.

The current goal of 2040 was labelled as being too "vague and unambitious" by the parliamentary business committee because it puts the UK a considerable way behind others in Europe and beyond. 

Norway for example, are aiming to put an end to combustion engine cars by 2025 while China, India and The Netherlands all have a target of 2030.

Calls for a “clear UK target” are currently being made by the committee to ensure that “it’s not left in the passenger sear on electric vehicle (EV) development.”

Further criticism was levelled at the government for expecting local authorities and private companies to take on the majority of the responsibility for delivering a national EV charging network and for making “sudden and substantial” cuts to EV grants.

MPs stated that “creative support” is needed so that it’s not only the wealthy who’re able to reap the benefits of these enviromentally friendly vehicles and recommended that regulations be put in place to provide an extensive and reliable public system.

“For all the rhetoric of the UK becoming a world leader in EVs, the reality is that the government's deeds do not match the ambitions of their words," said committee chairwoman Rachel Reeves.

Source: Sky News