UK will ban sale of all diesel & petrol vehicles from 2040

Britain follows France and [soon] Germany by setting a date for the complete ban of new diesel and petrol vehicles within 25 years.

There is no secret that electric vehicles are on the rise. Like it or not – and many die-hard fans of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) do not like electrics one bit – the death of the ‘coal burner’ is coming.

And now, thanks to a final plan drawn up by the current, Conservative government, if you’re in the UK, you’ll have just over two decades to get used to the idea that no new fossil fuel vehicles will be available for purchase.

The details of the plan will be made available in due course, and there are still many unanswered questions; will there be a ban on driving/riding petrol or diesel vehicles on the road after 2040? Will we be charged for driving/riding in specific areas before the ban comes into place? etc

But in order to answer to the second question with regards to possible charges for operating existing ‘gas-guzzlers’ on certain roads, speaking on BBC’s Radio 4 programme this morning, Environment Secretary Michael Gove answered with an emphatic ‘Yes’.

So we can absolutely expect more congestion charges and possible bans for certain vehicles in particularly busy/populated areas.


Still in denial that electric motorcycles are the future? Well, you can still hold out hope for a possible Hydrogen solution.





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    July 26, 2017 at 09:48

    Even though this is good, a lot of people are not going to be happy. I have to admit I like the soun…

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    Robert Campbell

    July 26, 2017 at 12:58

    Wonder how the oil companies are going to react to that news? Only a small part of how they make their money I know, but hopefully they will finally start to invest in the infrastructure required instead of petitioning and lobbying to hold it back.

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    July 26, 2017 at 13:02

    Oh they’ll work out how to tax air shortly.

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    Robert Campbell

    July 26, 2017 at 13:15

    I was thinking the very same thing. That’s a LOT of tax revenue that is going to have to be found elsewhere. If everyone is using zero emission engines then we should all pay the same flat rate. But I bet that they start charging per mile instead and people still won’t be allowed into city centres etc. Same old tricks as they pulled on early adopters of diesels and then hybrids. Gave them enticing benefits, but once more people than expected moved across and revenue was affected they re-wrote the rule book.

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    Jack Lopez

    July 26, 2017 at 13:55

    Good luck lol

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    July 26, 2017 at 14:57

    That’s not a maybe

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    July 26, 2017 at 15:00

    They should bring back light tax haha

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    Robert Campbell

    July 26, 2017 at 15:07

    Or window… Daylight robbery!

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    July 26, 2017 at 15:51

    So what happens when people want to travel abroard with their car/bike and the infrastructure just isn’t there. This would kill the adventure market in the UK for anyone who wants to travel.

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    Go Coffee Energy

    July 26, 2017 at 16:26

    Hopefully it will be like their EU membership…short lived.

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    Thomas Gutteridge

    July 26, 2017 at 20:13

    I believe oil companies are heavily investing in renewables. A bit like tobacco companies sweeping up e cigarettes. They may not be nice but they aren’t stupid.

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    July 26, 2017 at 20:59

    They haven’t cleaned up on ecigs in the UK. Weirdly they didn’t seem to react

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    Robert Campbell

    July 26, 2017 at 21:04

    It’s really hard to tell these days though isn’t it. They are so good at setting up fronts and hiding who the true investors and backers are.
    They’d be mad not to be secretly on the back of this. Crude will carry on having a value regardless as it’s used for so much more than just making fuel.

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    July 26, 2017 at 21:08

    True. They’d have to be protecting their future.
    We’re going to be riding hemp bikes powered by flowers and angels soon :)

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    July 26, 2017 at 21:19


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    James Smith

    July 26, 2017 at 21:33

    I will be 74 by then. I think I will cope as long as I can have a Mugan

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    July 27, 2017 at 03:41

    Tea will most likely be illegal by then too…

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