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Cars Grant Shapps says ban on new petrol and diesel cars could come in just 12 years

14:05  12 february  2020
14:05  12 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tells the BBC a sales ban could be brought forward again. However, with current demand for this still expensive technology still just a fraction of sales, it's clear that accelerating an Norway has set a 2025 deadline for a ban on new petrol and diesel cars .

Buying a new petrol , diesel or hybrid car could be banned within just 12 years – three years earlier than ministers announced last week. Grant Shapps , the Transport Secretary, said the ban could be implemented from 2032, rather than 2035, stepping up efforts to decrease UK carbon emissions and

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Buying a new petrol, diesel or hybrid car could be banned within just 12 years - three years earlier than ministers announced last week.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said the ban could be implemented from 2032, rather than 2035, stepping up efforts to decrease UK carbon emissions and reach the target of net zero by 2050.

The cut-off point for sales of new non-electric vehicles of 2040 was dropped to 2035 last week, to the delight of environmental campaigners. Yet it also caused consternation among the automotive industry, which accused the government of “moving the goalposts”.

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Mr Shapps told Radio 5 Live: “The Prime Minister last week has said we would like to do that by 2035 at the latest. We have said 2035 or even 2032.”

Epiphany

After years of ministers being slow to respond to tougher measures to respond to climate change, there seems to have been a sudden epiphany within Whitehall and Downing Street that radical steps need to be taken if the government is going to fulfil its pledge, enshrined in law, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The major impetus for this is the UK’s hosting of the COP 26 UN climate change conference this November, which will put Boris Johnson’s government’s record on the environment under global scrutiny.

As a result, ministers and officials are working on ways to appear radical on climate change. In Thursday’s reshuffle, Mr Johnson will appoint a dedicated minister to oversee the COP 26 conference, after sacking Clare Perry O’Neill as president earlier this month.

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Petrol and diesel car ban could be introduced as early as 2032 Transport Secretary admits. Almost 1.5million new petrol cars left forecourts last year compared to just 37,000 battery electric vehicles. There are also concerns whether electric cars would be purchased by consumers after surveys

The proposal to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel -engined cars - including hybrids and plug-in hybrids - by 2035 could be brought forward by a further three years , according to transport secretary Grant Shapps . Speaking as a guest on BBC Radio 5 live, Shapps said the ban would happen by

The Prime Minister’s announcement that he is giving the go-ahead to the HS2 rail network on Tuesday was put in the context of a wider integrated public transport network, including encouraging people to switch to more environmentally friendly ways of travelling.

More support needed

We can expect more measures over the next few months ahead of COP 26 as ministers try to portray the government as radical on climate change. Yet while bringing forward the date of banning new internal combustion engine vehicles will be welcomed by many, critics say there needs to be more support from the government in helping people to switch to electric.

There are currently subsidies for buying new electric cars, but the price tag for the average vehicle is way out of the budget for most households.  There are still questions over putting in place the charging infrastructure required for transition to the electric car use.

Mr Shapps drives an electric car himself and pledged that the Government is investing around £1.5 billion in infrastructure for the shift away from petrol and diesel.

He added: “We have domestic car producers and we want to help them to transition so we are doing a lot of work - in fact tomorrow I’m meeting with the car manufacturers on this very subject.”

Mr Shapps said there were “now more public charging locations than petrol stations in this country” and “electric cars are coming and we want to help the country transition”.

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