The 2030 Petrol and Diesel Ban Explained 

There’s a big change coming:  the UK government has announced that new vehicles that use petrol and diesel will be banned from sale from 2030. However, new hybrid vehicles will be allowed until 2035, so long as they can cover ‘significant distances’ in zero-emission mode, which the government has yet to define. But don’t worry, in this blog we’ll break down what the ban means and what will happen to petrol and diesel cars. 


What does the ban mean? 

Basically, from 2030 petrol and diesel cars will be banned and you won’t be able to buy a new car with a petrol or diesel engine. The ban is designed to protect the environment and help as more and more cities and towns shift towards zero-emission zones. This also comes at a time when the government is rolling out extra grants for electric vehicle (EV) buyers and more funding for charge points. Check out our last blog here on everything you need to know about electric vehicles. 


Why is there going to be a ban? 

The government hope that by implementing a ban, it will significantly reduce carbon emissions which currently account for around one-fifth of all harmful emissions in the UK – this could really make an impact on reversing some of the effects of climate change. Not only this, but a Greenpeace report found that the ban could create up to 32,000 jobs in the same year while also increasing GDP by £4.2 billion, compared with the original phase-out date of 2035. 


What will the ban roll out look like? 

The ban is following a phased roll out approach. In November 2020 the UK government brought the phase-out date for new petrol and diesel car sales forward from 2040 to 2030. The next phase will see all new cars and vans having zero-emissions from the tailpipe by 2035. Finally, between 2030 and 2035, new petrol and diesel car sales will be permitted if they can drive significant distances with zero emissions, e.g., full hybrids or plug-in hybrid vehicles. However, as explained, the government is yet to define this fully. 


Does this mean hybrid cars will be banned in 2030? 

No. Certain hybrid vehicles that can travel significant distance with no carbon emissions will still be allowed to be sold until 2035. As well as this, hydrogen vehicles will still be able to be sold, as they are classed as zero-emission vehicles. 


What does the future hold? 

It’s being hailed as the ‘green industrial revolution’ whereby projects, grants, and a discernible push to drive green are being felt across the industry. A £1.3 billion project to roll out EV charge points in homes, on streets, and on motorways nationwide will play a big part in this green industrial revolution. This will help encourage more and more people to make the move across from conventional petrol/diesel vehicles to electric ones. As well as this, the government has pledged £582 million in grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy and incentivise people to make the transition. Want to know more about electric vehicles? Read our blog here. 


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