The United Kingdom will ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans starting in 2040, according to a new government plan.
Earlier this month, France announced the same move with the same timetable. Poor air quality, especially in cities, is damaging the public’s health, say UK government ministers.
“The timescale involved here is sufficiently long-term to be taken seriously. If enacted it would send a very clear signal to manufacturers and consumers of the direction of travel and may accelerate a transition to electric cars,” Professor David Bailey, an automotive industry expert at Aston University, told the Guardian.
But environmentalists say the UK’s timetable is not aggressive enough.