UK government to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2040

Hauwa Abubakar

The UK government plans to ban new diesel and petrol cars by the year 2040 in a bid to curb air pollution.

The move comes after government released its report on electric cars after a long legal battle, which resulted in an order to produce new plans to tackle illegal levels of harmful pollutant nitrogen dioxide.

It forms part of a £3 billion plan to cut illegal levels of air pollution that include scrappage schemes and potential “clean air zones.”

The scheme could result to charges for heavy polluting vehicles.

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said the government wanted to help the car industry “do the right thing.”

“The good news is that the car industry is already moving in this direction. It’s critically important that we provide the encouragement from government to help the car industry do the right thing,” he stressed.

He added that the government would give more than £200m to local authorities to draw up plans to tackle particular roads with high pollution.

“What we’re saying to local authorities is come up with an imaginative solution to these proposals,” he said.

“I will work with any local council area that believes that a scrappage scheme is effective and value for money,” he added.

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