The pandemic has put back attitudes to driving versus public transport by two decades, with almost two-thirds of UK car owners now considering their vehicle essential, research has found. A clear majority would now refuse to switch to a greener alternative even if better trains or buses were available, according to the RAC. The research for its annual Report on Motoring found reluctance to use public transport was now at its highest for 18 years.
Guardian 9th Nov 2020 read more »
A ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2030 could create more than 30,000 jobs and provide a £4.2bn boost to the economy, according to a report by Greenpeace UK. New petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be banned from 2035 under government plans announced in February to help the country reach its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Research by the environmental organisation found bringing forward the ban by five years could create 32,000 new jobs by 2030 and increase GDP by 0.2 per cent. The report, written by the research group Cambridge Econometrics on behalf of Greenpeace UK, used a government transport model and a macroeconomic model to predict the impact of a faster transition to electric vehicles on the UK’s economy.
Independent 9th Nov 2020 read more »