News from Brake
Tuesday 4 February 2020
The Government has today announced a ban on selling petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035.
The move comes as the Government aims to reach its net zero carbon emission target by 2050. Once the ban is in place, people will only be able to buy electric or hydrogen powered vehicles.
Road safety charity Brake has welcomed the move as a step in the right direction to creating safe and healthy streets.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said: “People should be free to move in a safe and healthy way on every journey and this includes ensuring the air they breathe isn’t polluted. Banning petrol and diesel cars will go a long way to tackling poor air quality but we also need to encourage more people to leave their car at home and walk, cycle or use other means of active travel to get around.
“Less car use and more people travelling actively can have hugely positive health benefits, alongside lowering emissions and reducing the danger people face from cars. Yet people are often deterred from walking or cycling by the danger on our roads and the risk of exposure to excessive pollution. Alongside removing the roads biggest polluters we must take the opportunity to redesign our cities so that people can live and travel in a safe and healthy environment, free from harm from traffic and pollution.”