Government opens consultation on axing the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vans and cars
The government has opened a consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2035 or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible.
Unlike most consultations there is not a series of questions being asked, or a consultation paper - instead just a simple description.
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 29 May 2020.
Announcing the start of the consultation the Department for Transport (DfT) says: "On 4 February 2020, the Prime Minister announced that government is consulting on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible, as well as including hybrids for the first time.
"This reflects the Independent Committee on Climate Change’s advice on what is needed in order for the UK to end its contribution to climate change by 2050.
"The proposals relate to new cars and vans - owners of existing petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans will still be able to use these vehicles and buy and sell them on the used market."
Says the DfT "Government is seeking views on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible.
We are asking for views on:
- the phase out date
- the definition of what should be phased out
- barriers to achieving the above proposals
- the impact of these ambitions on different sectors of industry and society
- what measures are required by government and others to achieve the earlier phase out date
The DfT adds: "We welcome the submission of the public’s views as part of this consultation, these should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Office for Low Emission Vehicles
33 Horseferry Road
"as soon as possible, and no later than end of Friday 29 May 2020."
Read the PM's announcement on 4 February here