The vast majority of cars now sold in the UK would be banned from 2040 under government plans to cut pollution. Some 98 per cent of the existing new vehicle market will no longer be sold within the next 22 years under sweeping measures designed to improve air quality. The government has already said that it wants to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel models to tackle roadside emissions. It now wants to go further and include existing hybrid models which run on a combination of petrol and electric power. This includes the best-selling Toyota Prius. A cross-government strategy, “the road to zero”, is understood to say that only vehicles capable of travelling at least 50 miles under electric power will be permitted for sale by 2040. Most hybrids typically run for up to 30 miles in zero-emission mode, meaning that these models would not be approved under the new measures.
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Scottish transport chiefs have admitted they don’t have the powers to ban the sale of diesel cars by 2032. Transport minister Humza Yousaf made the admission at an energy conference in Glasgow where he said the Scottish Government does not have the power to enforce a ban on the sale of fully diesel and petrol powered cars. It comes months after ministers set the target to ‘phase out the need’ for new version of such cars and set Scotland on course to become be only the fifth country in the world to do so.
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