The UK government has outlined plans to prevent the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
The draft proposal stems from fears that pollution is rising and air quality continues to get worse, which may eventually become a serious risk to public health. Environmental Secretary Michael Gove introduced the plans as part of the government’s clean air plan.
The clean air plan has been the subject of a court battle, countless discussions, and amendments. While some ministers have been urged to introduce “clean air zones” (CAZ) and charges for motorists, the government insists this would be a last resort — especially as emissions charges are already in place, to the annoyance of motorists, in London.
“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK,” a government spokesman said.