18 November 2020
Responding to the news that the Government has brought forward the end date of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“This is great news for the environment and for our health and should help steer us back onto the road to net zero. But we must remember that electric vehicles alone are not a silver bullet to reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, and they do nothing to tackle congestion on our roads. We still need to reduce the overall number of cars and vans on the roads by providing more public transport, walking and cycling alternatives.
“The Government must now use the Spending Review to support sustainable transport alternatives and rebalance the cost of public transport. The Chancellor should announce an end to the fuel duty freeze and look to introduce a distance-based, variable road pricing scheme to replace both fuel duty and Vehicle Excise Duty to help plug the hole in lost revenue as cars get progressively cleaner.”
Campaign for Better Transport has written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to support sustainable transport in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. The letter outlined specific measures to help decarbonise the transport sector, including financial incentives to encourage the take up of zero emission cars and vans with lower upfront costs for businesses; VED rates linked to emissions; charging hub grants for local authorities; and a manufacturing sector deal for both electric and hydrogen buses and trains to boost UK supply chains and reduce reliance on overseas technology and suppliers.
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Notes to Editors
- Read more on Campaign for Better Transport’s letter to the Chancellor.
- Campaign for Better Transport’s latest blog in a series on the forthcoming Spending Review looks at how to transform the transport fleet to zero emission vehicles. Read it on our website.
- While rail and bus fares have continued rising, the fuel duty freeze has made car journeys progressively cheaper, meaning that government has been subsidising the real cost of car ownership. It is estimated that the fuel duty freeze has led to five per cent more traffic, 250 million fewer bus journeys, 75 million fewer rail journeys, an extra five million tonnes of CO2 and an extra 15,000 tonnes of NOx emissions. The freeze has also cost the Treasury more than £50 billion in foregone revenue, which could have been invested in sustainable transport options and other carbon reduction measures.
- Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).