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Is the UK on Track for the Petrol and Diesel Ban?

With governments, businesses and citizens around the world becoming increasingly conscious about their environmental impact, the UK announced last year that the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030. It sounds like an ambitious target, and in this article, we’ll look at the specifics of the ban, and whether the UK is on track to achieve it. 

What is the ban?

As part of the government’s pledge for a ‘green revolution’, the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2030, with hybrid sales following shortly after in 2035. 

The ban will extend to all new cars, with second-hand petrol and diesel vehicles still allowed to be sold. New hybrid vehicles will be allowed to be sold for an additional five years, as long as they can travel a ‘significant distance’ in zero-emission mode – the details of which have not yet been made clear.

After 2035, no new petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicles will be sold in the UK, with only electric vehicles allowed to be sold new. 

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The transition from fuel to electricity is part of the UK’s ten-point plan to reduce carbon emissions and it also includes:

  • Promoting cleaner energy sources – such as nuclear and wind power
  • Making homes and public buildings greener 
  • Restoring natural areas
  • Making public transport and cycling more accessible and appealing

How will vans be affected?

If you’re a van driver, you may be worried about how this ban will affect you. The good news is that the rapid development of electric vehicles is not restricted just to cars, with new EV vans being manufactured all the time. 

Just like with cars, it will be illegal to sell new petrol and diesel vans from 2030 and, while electric vans may be initially more expensive to buy than ones powered by fuel, they’re more economical in the long run due to the lack of servicing required.  

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Is the UK on track to cope with the ban?

In short, it depends who you ask. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot to consider with a ban like this, with the first being whether the UK has the infrastructure to cope with the transition to electric vehicles.  

Petrol and diesel cars will not disappear overnight, it will be a gradual transition and the national grid has stated that they have “more than enough capacity” to deal with more electric vehicles on the roads. If car sales carry on at the current trend, then it will take 15 years for electric vehicles to completely replace petrol and diesel – meaning there is plenty of time for charging infrastructure to be enhanced and expanded. 

In terms of those within the industry, many of Britain’s biggest automotive manufacturers have said the ban is coming too soon and will result in job losses and a decrease in car sales across the board. However, the government counter this by saying they’ve acted on advice from scientists and this move is the best thing to do in order to combat climate change.   

Originally, the ban was meant to come into force in 2040, but critics say that even bringing the ban forward won’t be enough to make an impact given the scale of the environmental problem. 

Here at Tyres Northampton we’re experts in all types of vehicle and offer vehicle servicing, MOTs, tyre pressure checks and more that keep your vehicle safe and on the road. To find out more, contact us today.


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