New Diesel and Petrol Vehicles Banned in the UK by 2040
In the midst of a European accelerating shift from petrol & diesel to electric vehicles, the UK government announced that new diesel and petrol vehicles will be banned in the country from 2040. This initiative will be attributed a £225m fund to help local councils to not only monitor air quality but to improve air quality.
Local authorities will be able to use governemnt funds for immediate measures, such as changing road layouts, implementing new technologies or encouraging public transportation. These measures could be followed by the potential set up of charging zones for the dirtiest vehicles during limited peak periods of time.
To add a sense of urgency to the UK's mission to meet EU pollution limits, the timetable for councils to initiate change is of eight months.
"the UK government announced that new diesel and petrol vehicles will be banned in the country from 2040"
Two additional political initiatives will enhance the necessity to cut emissions in the UK. The Clean Air Fund will allow local authorities to bid for additional funds for air quality control measures. And the Automated and Electric Vehicles bill will allow the government to request additional electric charge points at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers.
According to the automotive industry in the UK, the phase out of diesel and petrol vehicles needs to give time to the industry to adjust. The industry trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, declared it was necessary to avoid outright bans on diesels, which would hurt the sector.
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