The British government, yesterday have called for a ban on all petrol and diesel cars from 2040 due to fear that rising emissions pose a significant risk to public health. Ministers defended the ban as they warned that people’s health is continuously being compromised due to poor air quality mostly caused by petrol and diesel cars. The ban will also include hybrid vehicles.
“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads,” a government spokesman said. The move will see an increase in manufacturing and sale of electric vehicles; which would be the only ones permitted on British roads.