Shapps’ idea to reduce emissions relies heavily on fees on vehicles and airlines, according to his Greenprint.
Taxes on cars and planes are likely to be implemented as part of a “greenprint” aimed at reducing carbon emissions in transportation by 2050.
A ban on selling HGVs by 2040, cheaper public transportation, and more electric car charging outlets are among the suggestions being considered to reduce pollution.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, told MPs yesterday that the government was working on a “comprehensive yet urgent strategy to halt transportation’s contribution to climate change over the next three decades.”
Ministerial documents reveal intentions to transition the country away from gasoline and diesel automobiles and toward electric vehicles.
Additional “carbon pricing” for flights may be implemented, while road pricing may be implemented to compensate for the loss of fuel duty with electric vehicles.
However, Mike Hawes, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, cautioned the government to act quickly.
“Massive investment, not least in infrastructure,” he continued, “is required and must be delivered at a rapid pace.”