26 June 2018
Campaign for Better Transport has joined 18 environmental groups anmd MPs in demanding swifter action to end new petrol and diesel sales as a vital step to cutting vehicle CO2 emissions.
Campaigners are calling on the Government to end petrol/diesel car and van sales by 2030, backed with targets and policies to support electric vehicle take-up and support for more sustainable transport choices.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"The Government's current plans to end new petrol and diesel sales from 2040 fail to match the urgency of the situation. This means another generation will pass before we have real action on cutting harmful CO2 emissions and cleaning up deadly vehicle pollution.
"We need action now: ending petrol and diesel sales by 2030 is the latest that should be acceptable, bearing in mind that cars will stay on the road long after purchase.
"We also need a comprehensive approach to cutting road traffic, and promoting walking cycling and public transport, to provide a sustainable future for people, places and the planet."
The UK has legally binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. Transport is one of the sectors that is set to fail meeting that target on current trends.
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