UK To Ban Petrol And Diesel Vehicles Sales From 2040

The United Kingdom is set to follow in the footsteps of France and intends on banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 in a bid to tackle poor air quality.

The Guardian reports that the final plan will be released before the end of the month and according to a government spokesman, it will help resolve the public health concerns surrounding the nation’s air quality, said to cost 2.7 billion pounds in lost productivity each year. Many ministers also believe it is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.

“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible.

“That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads,” a government spokesman said.

Prior to the outright ban, the nation intends on enforcing a number of other measures to tackle air quality, including retrofitting buses and other public transport with cleaner engines. Some suggest that there is support for London’s ‘T-charge‘ levied on the oldest, most polluting vehicles, to be enforced by councils but such laws aren’t thought to be on the table at this stage.


  • Status

    It wouldn’t be the first time the UK had trouble breathing.

    • 12333444333

      What is that meant to mean?

      • Status

        Have you heard of the UK’s industrial period? Coal drove the entire nation, and subsequently turned the British skies (and British lungs) black. Back then you could see the particulate matter from coal burning, but today gas and diesel fumes aren’t easily seen by Joe Average, and so they don’t see a problem immediately.

        It’s not that the British were temporarily ignorant of air quality for after the industrial revolution, but it would seem the air quality is getting bad enough that they don’t want to have more respiratory issues than they need. That is the long form of what I meant.

        • 12333444333

          Due to the absence of any specificity in your initial comment it was anyone’s guess what you may mean. I thought you could even be making reference to war time gas attacks.

          • Status

            Well initially I was thinking of the original Death Star, seeing how it was staffed entirely with Brits and as asthmatic cyborg, but I can see how it was a bit confusing.

  • kachuks

    A lot of these guys will be out of office or dead by then.

  • bxniels0

    “cleaner engines”. What would be the clean alternative to Petrol or Diesel engines?

  • Bash

    So soon! why the rush!

  • Christian Wimmer

    The future blows.

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  • Benjamin B.

    Won’t last lol

  • cat

    I don’t belive it what’s going to happen with all that classic cars such as mclaren f1 ,jaguar e type,aston martin db6… in UK?

    • Matt

      They’re not banning petrol cars – they are only stopping you from being able to buy NEW ones from 2040. You will still be able to own and drive a petrol/diesel car (unless we run out of oil…).

      • 12333444333

        Still, banning all new petrol and diesel? This is madness

  • Aquaflex

    Time to buy more Tesla stock!🤑

  • europeon

    > it will help resolve the public health concerns surrounding the nation’s air quality, said to cost 2.7 billion pounds in lost productivity each year.

    For perspective, we need the figure that will be lost by shutting down almost the entire auto industry chain in the UK.

    I also wonder what they will replace lorries with.

  • pureworx

    by 2040? probably have a hydrogen network in place by then.. so i dont think petrol or diesel cars will be relevant. but if they want to tackle air quality they need to do something about these soot spewing busses running around in towns and cities… i have been on the london hybrid bus its is a load of bs.. rolls about 2 meters on electric power then fires up its ancient sounding diesel burning stove. terrible idea.

  • Bullitt2605

    So happy I don’t live there.

  • Michael_66589

    Britts will have problem to buy normal car – they will have to import them from India or convert LHD to RHD. Germans and Dutch will have easier – they could import cars from Eastern Europe or Spain/Portugal.