The UK will stage its third general election in four years today (Thursday, 12 December) – and the results could have a major impact on motorists and the car industry.
Brexit is a key issue in the election and Britain’s ongoing relationship with the European Union could greatly affect the motor industry in this country. And the leading parties have all unveiled other policies that are significant to car owners, including pledges to phase out the sales of combustion-engined cars and to cut carbon emissions.
These are the main car-related policies in the manifestos of the three main parties that have candidates standing across the UK.
Leave the EU by 31 January and keep the UK out of the EU single market and customs union. Negotiate a new EU trade deal but the implementation period won’t extend beyond December 2020.
£38.8 billion investment in ‘strategic and local roads’.
£1bn investment in a fast-charging network, with the aim for everyone to be within 30 miles of a rapid charging station.
Reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Consult to determine the earliest date for phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.
Launch the biggest pothole filling programme yet.