Petrol and diesel car ban could see cash-strapped motorists ‘excluded’ from the road

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Petrol and diesel car bans could “restrict” market choice which could result in poorer drivers completely ”excluded” from the road. The damning verdict comes from several car makers who have all submitted their fears about the new proposals to ministers.

The proposals will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK to push consumers towards the electric car market. 

Second hand traditional vehicles will still be made available but with no new models in production it is expected their use will eventually die out. 

The government has already sped up the proposed petrol and diesel car ban from its initial 2040 target to 3035 but looks set to go one further. 

Ministers are now considering whether to move the date to 2032 and controversially include hybrid cars on the restricted list. 

These models are halfway between petrol vehicles and electric cars and are seen as a good introduction to the market.

The cars produce fewer emissions than petrol vehicles and has been a focus for manufacturers over the past few years.

One carmaker’s report revealed the proposed changes would put a “strain” on some drivers who could not afford to buy brand new vehicles.

The firm said: “We do not believe that all customers will be able to afford the latest technologies, and social injustices could be exaggerated further if those in hardship continue to use their internal combustion engine technologies beyond the end sale date.”

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Another carmaker with a UK manufacturing base warned the changes could ”prevent” the government from achieving its agenda by shutting the door in the face of poor drives.

They warned: “Restricting customer choice to expensive electric vehicles would result in less affluent customers being excluded from mobility, preventing the government from achieving its levelling up agenda.”

According to EDF Energy, one of the cheapest electric cars on the market is the New Renault ZOE which is still valued at £25,000.

The Nissan LEAF is another popular electric runaround but upfront cost can rise to over £26,000 for the vehicle.

If you need extra interior space for a family, saloon models can increase to almost £30,000 in a major price tag for many.

SMMT data for June has shown electric car sales have soared with an increase of 261.8 percent compared to last year.

Almost 9,000 fully electric models were sold in last month compared with just 2,461 in 2019 as interest has risen.

However this is still a fraction of the traditional car market with 89,896 petrol cars and 23,0900 diesel models sold over the same period.

Just days ago, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association warned the ban could be a near impossible target for many firms.

They warned the transition would be a “huge undertaking” and warned the government needed to give “consideration” to measures that would help drive uptake of electric vehicles.

They warned supply measures needed to be considered to ensure vehicles were affordable while infrastructure also needed to be worked on.

Gerry Keaney, Chief executive of the BVRLA also warned that “zero emission vehicle mandates” were not the only answer to the issue of getting more electric cars on the road.

He said: “The Government is about to set road users some very ambitious and expensive targets for decarbonising their fleets.

“BVRLA members are up for the challenge, but [the] Government needs to show similar ambition and investment in providing a supportive policy environment and an effective tax and incentive regime.”

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