UK to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040
Marking the end of the market in the United Kingdom for gasoline and diesel-fueled cars, the government has declared a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040.
Announcing the decision, Environment Minister Michael Gove described the ban as part of the government’s plan to get fossil fuel-cars off the roads altogether by 2050.
Ahead of a June election, the governing Conservative Party had pledged that it would take steps to make almost every vehicle zero-emission by the end of 2050.
On Wednesday, the environment minister told reporters, “Today we are confirming that that means there should be no new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040.”
The UK government’s decision surfaced a couple of weeks after French government announced a similar plan to cut air pollution and become a carbon-neutral country.
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