You may have heard in the UK news over the last fortnight the government’s decision to ban the sales of new diesel and petrol cars by the year 2040 and wondered what it really means. We’ll have a look at the facts and the predictions for the future of car driving by the time we reach 2040.
What does it mean for my current diesel / petrol car?
Whilst 2040 maybe a good 23 years away, some car enthusiasts may cherish their classic petrol powered cars, or you may be wanting to hold on to your diesel camper van for the rest of your life. Well, don’t panic. By the time 2040 comes around only the sale of ‘new’ diesel and petrol cars will be prohibited. All current diesel and petrol cars will continue to be allowed on highways past 2040 as of this moment. It does leave the question, will there be a surcharge in tax or a ban in cities on these older fossil fuel cars? Only time will tell but this could be a possibility, especially with the government initiative to allow councils to impose bans on the most pollutant vehicles by as early as 2020.
What about hybrid cars, are they affected?
The government haven’t been too clear on the subject of hybrid cars, but at the moment we have to assume that they are affected and will be banned from sale in 2040. Because of the nature of a hybrid car and their use of both electric and petrol technologies, the fossil fuel part of the vehicle means it will no longer be on sale come 2040.
I’ve heard of a diesel scrappage scheme
There have been plenty of rumours in the press about the government introducing a scrappage scheme for older, more pollutant cars to encourage sales of newer, cleaner hybrid cars but as yet these haven’t been confirmed by the UK government. At the moment it’s looking highly unlikely especially with the high cost involved in setting up such a scheme. However, don’t be surprised if this becomes a reality in future years. Governments are known for their initiatives to help boost sales of new emerging, greener technologies – remember their solar panel scheme.
Keep calm and carry on
For the time being if you’re looking to buy a new or used car, most of us will keep on looking at the traditional options of petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles – unless of course you’re budgeting for an all electric car. 2040 is a long time away at the moment and your current car won’t be affected by the recently proposed changes. Of course, keep in mind that a more fuel efficient car is not only better for the environment but also for your wallet in the long-run.
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