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Updated: Petrol and diesel new car and van ban consultation extended

The Government has extended its consultation on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier.

The consultation had been due to close on May 29, but it will now remain open until 11.45pm July 31.

In terms of wanting to change the date of the ban, the Government has also wants to include hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the new proposals.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he wanted to bring the ban forward from 2040 to 2035 on February 4.

A week later, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC that it could be introduced from 2032, subject to a consultation.

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.

The Government said it is interested in 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

Responses should be sent to communications@olev.gov.uk

Or by post at:

Consultation Response

Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Zones 3/29-33

33 Horseferry Road




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  • Robert Broadbent - 24/02/2020 18:20

    The banning of petrol and diesel cars / vans in 2040 is too early is the goverment trying to ruin manufacturers of engines not to mention the dozens of small car and engine suppliers , also there wont be enough raw materials to make all the batteries for millions of vehicles as far as i am aware this also comes out of the ground mined is this environmentally friendly, car manufacturers are struggling to get the batteries now i am told, this should not be forced on us it should be left to take its own course, and especially Hybrids should not be banned millions must have been spent developing these, It should be down to Hybrids and Electric in time so that we can continue with normal engines.

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