The proposal to end the sale of all petrol and diesel-engined cars and vans - including hybrids and plug-in hybrids - by 2035 could be brought forward by a further three years, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, the transport secretary said the end of new vehicle sales would happen by 2035 "or even 2032", before stating there would be a consultation before any decision is made. The policy will see the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans suspended in an effort to remove all highly-polluting cars in order to meet the zero-carbon target.
Based on current technology, the new plan would allow only electric or hydrogen vehicles to be sold.
A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman explained: "We are consulting on a range of possible dates to bring forward the end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans. The consultation proposal for this is 2035 - or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible - as well as including hybrids for the first time."
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