Government to accelerate ban on new petrol and diesel cars

Announcement comes as PM launches UN climate talks
  Published:  03 Feb 2020    |      1 minute read

Commenting on Boris Johnson’s plans to consult on bringing forward a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2035 or earlier, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy Mike Childs said:

“The government is right to accelerate the phase-out of petrol and diesel cars to curb air pollution and address the climate emergency, but the ban should start in 2030 – not 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.

“If the UK government wants to show real leadership ahead of this year’s climate summit it must also urgently reverse its plans for more climate-wrecking roads and runways – and pull the plug on its support for new gas, coal and oil developments.”