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Ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2032, says transport secretary

Ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2032, says transport secretaryThursday, 27 February, 2020

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."

The consultation document can be downloaded and closes for responses on 29 May 2020. Responses to the consultation should be sent to communications@olev.gov.uk.

Read the full press release to find out more.