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Petrol and diesel ban 2030: What it means

The ban on new petrol and diesel cars is being moved forward to 2030.

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The ban on new petrol and diesel cars, which was originally planned for 2040, has been brought forward by the government to 2030.

It’s part of a plan to eradicate the UK's contribution to climate change.

So how does the forthcoming ban affect you?


Why will there be a ban on petrol and diesel cars?

To avoid the most serious effects of climate change, carbon emissions will have to drop to net zero by 2050. The government has signed a legally binding contract to reach this target.

To reach the goal, the government will have to cut emissions from cars and transport.

The ban on petrol and diesel cars is part of the overall strategy to cut carbon emissions in the UK. It is part of a 10-point plan unveiled by the government.


What will happen to my petrol or diesel car?

It's likely the ban won't affect you for a while if you already have a petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicle. The ban will extend only to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

According to the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders, the average life span of a car is nearly 14 years, so, if you’ve just bought a car then there isn't really much cause for alarm.

If you do have your existing car in nine years’ time, you won't have to scrap it as soon as 2030 comes around.

But some drivers keen on eco-friendly motoring will want to reduce their carbon footprint ahead of the ban in 2030.

Companies are rolling out scrappage schemes across the UK for high-emitting vehicles. Most offer money off a newer car that's less polluting.

For example, Mazda is offering up to £5,500 off a new model if your car is registered before 31 December 2011.

Electric vehicles may become more affordable, too, with £582 million in grants being made available to make them cheaper to buy.

There are also more options for electric vehicle car insurance too.

If you want to go the whole hog and go full electric, check out our electric car guide. It'll tell you everything you need to know.

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Will we have enough charging points for EV vehicles by 2030?

There have always been questions around infrastructure when discussing electric vehicles – especially access to charging points.

Of the £4 billion that’s been set aside to transition towards 2030, £1.3 billion is being invested in electric vehicle charging points.

And if you want to install a charging point in your home, The Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme pays up to 75% of the bill, lowering the cost of owning an electric car.

Market forces could play a part, too – as electric cars move from being a niche part of the automobile world to becoming mainstream, it will be in the interest of manufacturers, energy companies and employers to make it as easy as possible to recharge our vehicles.


Will sales of new hybrid cars be banned?

Sales of hybrid cars will be banned, too, although not until a bit later, in 2035.


Are other countries introducing a petrol and diesel car ban?

Like the UK, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands are intending to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

Norway however, has an even more ambitious target than the UK. It hopes to have enacted its ban by 2025.