Cross-party city leaders are joining forces to encourage the end of pure-combustion car sales

City mayors across the UK are joining forces to encourage the introduction of a ban on pure petrol and diesel cars from 2030 in a bid to cut emissions produced by private transport.

Leaders from cities including Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, London and Oxford, who represent a combined 20 million residents, will put their case to environment secretary Michael Gove tomorrow at a national air quality summit.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is among those calling for the Government’s proposed 2040 ban on the sale of combustion-engined cars to be moved forward by a decade.

“Air pollution is not an isolated problem, it’s a national health crisis,” Khan said. “Our country’s filthy air is shortening lives, damaging lungs and severely impacting on the NHS.”

Gove recently introduced a new clean air strategy that outlined plans to reduce particulates from vehicle brakes and tyres. However, the strategy refrained from tightening plans introduced in 2017 that included the 2040 petrol and diesel car ban, which excludes hybrids.

“Michael Gove has made a good start as environment secretary, but we need the Government to match our ambition and help us urgently drive forward these improvements,” Khan continued. “We simply cannot afford to delay.”

West Midlands mayor Andy Street emphasised that the UK’s air quality issue is "a public health crisis that needs urgent action". He said that enforcing more stringent emissions-fighting policies is “also an industrial opportunity — not least for the West Midlands, where we have built cars, trucks and taxis for generations”.

Street added: "We need to move to making cleaner vehicles now. It is an essential part of the national industrial strategy."

Last week, a Government minister suggested that a complete ban of petrol and diesel cars would not necessarily be the most effective method to fight emissions in the UK.

Richard Harrington, the minister for business, energy and industry, said at a cross-party Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee meeting that petrol and diesel models may “potentially” be allowed for sale after the proposed deadline because it is not possible to predict what sort of technology will be around in 2040.


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The comments echoed those of business secretary Greg Clark, who said earlier this year at the FT Future of the Car Summit: “There is a place for diesel. City centres are a flashpoint. Driving diesel a long distance is a different question."

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19 June 2018

Finally some sense from a couple of decision makers, who knows what kinds of fuel we will have by 2040, maybe by then or even considerably sooner we will have much cleaner biofuels with a reduced foot print. As for the ban on pure combustion, aslong as Hybrids are allowed to be around I see no problem with that. What I know, for the sake of our planet and the place I live in, there is no way the market can be 100% commited to only full EV ever.


19 June 2018

....out here in the countryside, despite all our bonfires, wood burning stoves etc.  If you choose to live in a filthy city thats your choice...good luck. More likely to die from a stabbing!

For my part I dont care how many cities/towns close themselves off, they have been far too greedy with business rates (killing off all the decent independant shops), and charging excessive parking fees......they are playing further and further into the world of on-line shoppings hands. Amazon must be rubbing their hands.

Soon there will be nothing but coffee shops (Ugh!) and charity shops. Reminds me of a Fun Boy Three hit - Ghost Town

19 June 2018

 Surely it’s doable in 12 years.....?

19 June 2018
To get value out of existing cars, and the emissions produced manufacturing them, then should be a 10 year lag between banning sales and banning the cars themselves.
If this doesn't happen there will be millions of valueless cars and may people who cannot afford a new car will be deprived the freedom of driving and the ability to get around. The ban will spread to rural areas and public transport doesn't exist there.... or am I being too practical and realistic!!!

19 June 2018

the ban being proposed only relates to the SALE of new cars. You will be able to USE pure petrol and diesel cars beyond that date, subject to any other bans on their use in specific locations being introduced. I intend to be driving my diesel car for years after that, assuming I live that long! I will probably just have to avoid some city centres.

19 June 2018

Meanwhile, you can have as many bonfires, barbeques, wood burning stoves and open fires as you like, despite them creating way more particulates than petrol and diesel vehicles, which themselves account for less than 20% of emissions. I think its time we banned bonfires on Guy Fawkes night.

19 June 2018

 That’s another area of pollution not hit the doomsayers Radar yet...!

19 June 2018

I'm afraid you're being too 'real'.  It's like global CO2 emissions.  Cars make up only a fraction of total transportation CO2.  And this figure itself (14%) is dwarfed by electricity & heat production (25%) and agriculture (24%), and industry (21%).  If ALL petrol & diesel cars were taken off the roads tomorrow, there would be ZERO drop in global CO2 emissions...ZERO, and it follows that there would be a zero drop in global temperature, of course.  Due to the world's avid consumption of cattle meat, cows produce more CO2 than cars; your house produces more CO2 than you car.  But we're letting facts get in the way of good taxes.  Taxing cars based on their CO2 emissions never made any sense at all, and was/is always just about raising money, nothing more.

Even take something like the Grenfell fire.  Terrible though it was, as many people die from fires in just 10 weeks as died at Grenfell.  But we don't have enquiries (or minute's silence, come to that).  Leave a bag somewhere and the police will close off the road and call the bomb squad.  We blow something, anything, out of all proportion to its worth, that's what we do.  The country, the world, has gone mental.

19 June 2018

I think its premature to be talking ban (but politicians like to sound tough), when we dont know what technology will be availableable, or what it will cost, but in truth, if manufacturers are to get anywhere near to 65g/km by 2025, then by 2030 its hard to imagine any pure IC cars remaining on sale, and if any are, they will be such a small percentage as to be irrelavent. 

I find it very hard to imagine a future for motoring that isnt rather grim

19 June 2018

I trust the average auto car reader will have sussed out the fact that politicians and their cronies will say anything to get re elected or to steal votes from the Green Party for instance. Look at the way this government have given total support for the oil & gas industry to commence unconventional gas extraction in various ways but mainly by a process called fracking, did you know that about 63% of the Nations land has been earmarked for fracking. This is an outrage and your taxes are being used to police the protest over it in places like Preston New Road in Lancashire after the democratic process of refusing planning permission was overturned by this Tory Government. Do any of our elected representatives ever consider the environmental impact of say starting another middle east war in Iran for example let alone the many deaths and casualties resulting from these poor decisions?


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