Grant Shapps tells the people that the government is not anti-car.
In response to the impending ban on new petrol and diesel cars, the government has stated that it is not “anti-car.”
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, reassured motorists that the government does not aim to “demonize” drivers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in November of last year that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be pushed back from 2040 to 2030.
Grant Shapps, speaking in the House of Commons, stated that the government’s goal was to protect the environment.
“We want people to have access to vehicles, and in rural areas, it’s sometimes the only means people have to get about, despite our desire to increase bus services and other modes of transportation.
“We aim to continue investing, but only if the cars can run without endangering people’s health or the environment, which makes sense.”
The Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which was announced in November 2020, aims to reduce transportation pollution in order to help the UK achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
From 2035, the restriction will extend to the sale of new hybrid automobiles and vans.
Diesel lorries will be affected as well, with a ban on their sale slated to take effect in 2040.
In Parliament, the Transport Secretary was questioned about plans to phase out the sale of gasoline cars by 2030.
“Will the Secretary of State agree with me that to confront climate change, we need to decarbonise cars, vans, and taxis, not demonize vehicles, vans, and taxis?” questioned Theresa Villiers, a former Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet.
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Jim McMahon, the Shadow Transport Secretary, was more receptive to ideas to phase out the sale of gasoline and diesel automobiles in the future.
“With transport now accounting for the majority of UK emissions, this should have been the opportunity for ministers to really lay out that ambitious plan, (which) could really lead the way ahead of Cop26,” he said.
“Not just nice words or reassurances, but a concrete plan that supports aviation, maritime, rail, and freight, as well as local public transportation and active travel.”
He cited the lack of a van scrappage plan, a “worrisome paucity” of electric vehicle charging stations, and a “thousands” of bus lines being cut, all as ticket costs “have surged.”
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