Labour Plans Petrol and Diesel Ban By 2030

Thu 17th Sep 2020

The shadow minister for climate change is calling on the government to accelerate plans to ban ICE vehicles, including hybrids to help cut carbon and create jobs.

Matthew Pennycook MP has written to the transport minister Grant Shapps asking that UK policy reflects that of Ireland, Holland, Denmark and Sweden, all of whom are aiming to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

Pennycook’s plans are backed by the Labour Party and could form a key element of the party’s manifesto at the next general election.

The current deadline is set at 2040, but the Prime Minister and other leading politicians have openly backed an earlier date and the Government is due to publish results of a consultation later this month, which could see petrol and diesel banned from 2035, with hybrids given a five-year stay of execution.

But in his letter to Shapps, Pennycook is requesting an earlier date.

 “2030 is an ambitious but achievable date by which to phase out the sale of new petrol, diesel, and hybrid vehicles, one that would give a new lease of life to the UK car industry, whilst combatting climate breakdown and cleaning up the air that dangerously pollutes so many of our towns and cities,” Pennycook said.

“But as well as accelerating the phase out, the Government must also set out a credible plan to get there – one that backs the low-carbon jobs and industries of the future and ensures that workers and communities are properly supported in the transition to a fairer and cleaner economy.

“It's time for Ministers to seize this opportunity as part of a world-leading green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, creating good jobs across the country, and generating real momentum for next year's COP26 climate summit.”