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Charging zones for dirtiest vehicles may be introduced to help tackle pollution

28 Juillet 2017

"Today we commit £100m towards new low emission buses and retrofitting older buses with cleaner engines", he said.

It said the Government and devolved administrations "have considered the consultation responses received, and have taken account of them in finalising the UK Plan".

Britain is considered the second largest auto market in Europe after Germany with about 2.7 million new vehicles registered in 2016.

Meeting the 2040 deadline will be a heavy lift.

Although the United Kingdom would prioritize the sale of battery-electric vehicles, hybrids would still be permitted, per Gove's announcement. Fear not: a used vehicle association has said it is "highly unlikely" prices are going to fall as a result.

The UK is set to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040, following in the footsteps of France.

"Electric vehicles are here to stay and will forever change our fragile eco-system", Mr. Felder said.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has warned an outright ban on petrol and diesel cars could "undermine the UK's automotive sector", which employs 800,000 people and is already exhibiting nervousness over the possible impact of Brexit.

"Currently demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles is growing but still at a very low level as consumers have concerns over affordability, range and charging points".

The new plan has also been met with criticism from both politicians and campaigners, with some saying the proposed ban on petrol and diesel cars is not enough to combat the problem. "It's important we all gear up for a significant change which deals not just with the problems to health caused by emissions, but the broader problems caused in terms of accelerating climate change".

Other initiatives include a £255m fund for councils to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in local areas, and a requirement to publish plans to tackle pollution on specific roads that have NO2 levels in breach of limits. Polluted air has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, among other health issues.

"Air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths across the country with more than 9000 in London every year", said Mayor Khan.

"The industry will continue to invest but it needs continued government support".

Chris Gubbey, chief executive of LEVC, said: "Most major cities around the world face huge air quality challenges. We also need to make sure that BEIS works with the DfT to encourage the production of bio-energy on factory sites and this must feature in the clean growth strategy due to be published later this year".

The step will likely accelerate the decline of diesel cars in Europe's second biggest market, where they are blamed for poor air quality. The lack of affordable housing in city centres means longer commutes, which means a diesel auto will be more suited to your commute.

Charging zones for dirtiest vehicles may be introduced to help tackle pollution