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When is the ban of petrol and diesel cars coming into force in the UK

The original ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK was set for 2030, but it was delayed to 2035 by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in 2022.

The plan is that from 2035 onwards, only new pure electric cars and hydrogen-powered cars will be allowed to be sold in the UK.

The delay was made in response to concerns about the affordability of electric cars and the lack of charging infrastructure. The Government has said that it will continue to invest in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure to make the switch to zero-emission cars as smooth as possible.

The original target, announced by the Government in 2017 was to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. In 2020 they brought the ban forward to 2030 but in 2022 they pushed the ban back to 2035.

The reality is the Government can extend the date or bring in forward but, as it stands a ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars will come into force in the UK in 2035.

The ban on petrol and diesel cars is part of the UK’s net-zero strategy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 78% by 2050. The Government has said that transport is the largest source of emissions in the UK, and that switching to zero-emission vehicles is essential to meeting its climate goals.


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