Local Govt’s Blueprint To Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars

By Paul Homewood

h/t Patsy Lacey



A series of measures to help the UK ban on new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2035 has been put forward.

Local government has put a blueprint in place, with a number of proposals to ensure the environmental drive is a success.

Would any of their measures convince you to swap?

  • Financial incentives to encourage people and businesses to make the switch to electric vehicles, including changes to vehicle excise duty.
  • Research and development grants to help the car industry shift production to zero emission vehicles.
  • Improved charging infrastructure for electric car users and further funding for research into the establishment of a hydrogen distribution network.
  • Government to lead by example, ensuring zero-emission fleets across central and local government well before the proposed end date to help drive demand.

There are now more than 30,000 electric car charge points across the UK in over 11,000 locations It has set out its views as part of a response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles.

Cllr Keith Glazier, chair of transport for the South East, said: “Ending the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans will be a critical point on the UK’s journey towards a zero emissions future, but agreeing a date is not enough.

“Whether the target is 2040, 2035 or sooner, it must be accompanied by a clear and costed action plan setting out how we are going to reach this critical milestone. Without it, there is a significant risk that the target could be missed.”


Financial incentives? Don’t these bright sparks know that taxpayers have already been forking out up to £5000 to subsidise the purchase of EVs? Or that EVs are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty? Or that owners avoid payment of fuel duty?

And the result? Hardly any EVs have been sold.

R&D grants? It will cost car manufacturers tens of billions to retool and shift production. Where do the Councillors suggest this money comes from?

Ditto, car charging points. Expansion of these is in any event largely a red herring. Nearly half of car owners have no off street parking, a rather fundamental obstacle which public charging points cannot solve. And even those able to charge at home do not want to queue for hours, when they need to recharge on a long journey.

As for research into the establishment of a hydrogen distribution network, this would surely make the billions spent on EVs redundant?

And, no, I don’t think many will switch, just because they see government setting an example!

And these idiots govern us!



August 9, 2020 at 08:15AM

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