Cars: Sales

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current planned date to stop the sale of new petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid cars; and whether they intend to bring that date forward.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 4 February, the Prime Minister announced that the Government is consulting on bringing forward an end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible. This follows our manifesto commitment and reflects the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advice that the phase out date should be 2035 or ideally 2030, and that only battery electric or other low-carbon alternative vehicles, such as hydrogen powered vehicles, should be permitted to be sold after this point.

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