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MP's call for ban on diesel and petrol car and van sales by 2032

November 6, 2018

An influential committee has called on the Government to bring in a clear and precise target for sales of new cars and vans to be zero emissions by 2032. Recommendations, inlcude in the Business, Energy and Industrial Stratergy Committe's (BEIS) Electric Vehicles: Driving the Transition report, would replace the emssion cars, which are vague and unambitious. The IPCC report was clear on the need to encourage changes in consumer behaviour, including increasing the switch to electric vehicles, to help decarbonise our economy.

The Government recently announced that the plug-in car grant would be cut by £1,000 to £3,500 for emission cars and no longer apply to hybrid cars with a range of less  than 70 zero emission miles, from this month.

Society of Motor Manufacturer's and Traders reaction, said "The Government 2040 ambition was already extremely challenging. Zero emission vehicles make up just 0.6% of the market, meaning consumer appetite would need to grow by some 17,000%, in just a decade. This is unrealistic and rejects the evidence put forward by SMMT on behalf of the industry, which is investing billions into these technologies. the need for world class infrastructure and world class incentives to have any chance of delivering. The BVRLA voiced, "the Government electric stratergy needs to move from one basedon visions to one based on actions. As  purchasers of more than 50% of all new vehicles sold in the UK each year, the vehicle rental and leasing industry is more than capable of delivering this transition to zero transport - if the government can provide the right supportive and enviroment. 

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