Petrol and diesel ban brought forward to 2035

By Matt Maynard - Tue 4th Feb 2020
Petrol and diesel ban brought forward to 2035

The petrol and diesel vehicle ban which was set to take place from 2040, has been brought forward by 5 years to 2035. 

The change comes after experts said the 2040 ban would be too late if the UK wants to achieve Net Zero by 2050. 

Boris Johnson is set to outline this new policy later at an event to launch a United Nations climate summit in November. The summit is known as COP26 and is being hosted in Glasgow as the annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress in tackling climate change.

The change in plans - which will be subject to a consultation - is taking place because experts warned the previous target date of 2040 would still leave old conventional cars on the roads after the Net Zero date 2050. 

Friends of the Earth's Mike Childs said the government was doing the right thing bringing forward the petrol and diesel ban, but that 2030 would be better than 2035.

“A new 2035 target will still leave the UK in the slow-lane of the electric car revolution and meantime allow more greenhouse gases to spew into the atmosphere," he said.