OEMs recently told the UK Government they want the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, due to start from 2030, pushed back by five years. UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has revealed carmakers told him in a recent meeting that a “more realistic” target date would be 2035.

The push back came in meeting towards the end of March with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which gathered key stakeholders from vehicle manufacturers to raise their concerns on meeting zero emissions targets.

Shapps, who was co-chairing the 2nd Zero Emission Vehicle Transition council, said: “Many of the manufacturers felt the DfT needed to set an end date for sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines, with many suggesting a realistic phase out date could be 2035.

“Combined with incentives and tax support, they thought that such a deadline would help drive the acceleration of zero emission vehicles until the time when price parity is achieved with petrol models.”

Almost two-thirds of fleets previously told a Fleet News survey that implementing a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 is too soon.

The survey, completed by more than 600 fleet decision-makers, showed that fewer than a third (29%) agreed with the implementation date for cars.

One-in-five fleets (21%) would have preferred the ban for cars to be introduced from 2035, with a similar number (22%) suggesting a start date of 2040 – the original date chosen by the Government.

As it stands, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced in November, 2020, that new petrol and diesel cars and vans will not be allowed to be sold in the UK from 2030.  

The sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe will remain on sale until 2035.

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