Government paper warns that petrol and diesel lorries and vans will be prohibited in a few years.
New petrol and diesel heavy goods vehicle sales will be prohibited by 2040, according to new plans announced today by the Transport Secretary.
The announcement means that all polluting road vehicles will be phased out during the following two decades. The Government’s new Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which was released today and is subject to consultation, also indicates that all polluting vehicles and vans would be phased out by 2035.
Vehicles weighing between 3.5 and 26 tonnes are expected to be phased out by 2035, according to the consultation.
Meanwhile, by 2040, all vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes would be discontinued.
The government warns that if a faster transition becomes possible, this could happen sooner.
The new Transport Decarbonisation Plan, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, is “only the beginning.”
“Transport is not merely a mode of transportation,” he continued. It has a significant impact on our towns, cities, and countryside, as well as our living standards and health.
“It has the ability to mold all of those things for the better or for the worse.
“Decarbonisation is not merely a technical procedure. It’s about ensuring that transportation improves people’s quality of life and the economy.
“It’s not about keeping people from doing things; it’s about doing them differently.”
The new proposal comes as the government releases the regulatory framework requiring automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of new cars, vans, and heavy trucks.
This will involve discussions about enacting a new Zero Emissions mandate, similar to what California has done.
Instead of just fulfilling pollution limits, manufacturers will be assigned specific targets for electric vehicle manufacturing.
A new 2035 delivery plan, which includes initiatives to decarbonize automobiles and vans, was also announced today.
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As zero-emission vehicles become increasingly popular in the next years, this will assist track the transition to mass ownership.
The news on when combustion HGVs must be phased out, according to Elizabeth de Jong, head of strategy at Logistics UK, will provide hauliers “assurance and certainty.”
“The Transport Decarbonisation Plan will assist logistics businesses in gaining confidence and clarity on the steps they must take on the route to net zero,” she said.
“Brinkwire Summary News” says that “consultation on suggested phase-out dates for new diesel HGVs should enable.”