Petrol and diesel cars and vans to be kicked to the curb by 2040

The Government has announced plans to stop the sale of new petrol and diesel cars  and vans by 2040, so people will have to switch to electric or hybrid alternatives.
There will also be new tax levies for diesel drivers who use the most congested motorways, from 2020.
The move is designed to reduce the harmful emissions coming from UK vehicles, but this will upset many installers who were told years ago to opt for diesel vans as (at the time) they were considered cheaper and cleaner.
The Fairfuel UK campaign has been calling for the Government to help people with diesel vehicles, instead of hammering them with tax. It wants a diesel scrappage scheme to help drivers with the transition, which the Government says is NOT its preferred option.
Commenting on the announcement, Fairfuel UK said:
“Banning new diesel and petrol cars in 2040 is manifestly unfair and costly. Clean air solutions are here now. Why did Defra ignore them?
“Banning diesel AND peterol car sales by 2040 will cost trillions to consumers and the economy.
“It is inevitable that carbon based fuels will be phased out to favour cleaner fuels, but to do it as a cliff edge in 20 years is naive and ill thought out.”
However, green campaigners have welcomed the news. Areeba Hamid, clean air campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:
“The government is right to put an expiry date on dirty petrol and diesel engines, but 2040 is far too late. We cannot wait nearly a quarter of a century for real action to tackle the public health emergency caused by air pollution. Car manufacturers like Volvo have announced their intention to move away from petrol and diesel by the end of this decade. Germany, India, the Netherlands and Norway are all considering bans by 2030 or sooner. The U.K. has the potential to lead the world in clean transport revolution, but it is vital we stay ahead now through a more ambitious phase-out date to boost our domestic market, as other countries are catching up.
“While this plan makes the right headline-grabbing noises, in reality it means that children across the UK will continue to be exposed to harmful air pollution for years to come, with potentially irreversible impacts. Providing a long term vision is not enough, Gove still needs to
protect our health right now from toxic fumes polluting our streets.”
“The government cannot shy away any longer from the issue of diesel cars clogging up and  polluting our cities, and must now provide real solutions, not just gimmicks. That means proper clean  air zones and funding to support local authorities to tackle illegal and unsafe pollution.”