Petrol and diesel
ban in Europe:
How will it work?
All sales of new petrol and diesel cars will cease in Norway and the Netherlands by 2015 and in the UK by 2040.
Many other countries in Europe are also considering their options including major car manufacturing countries like
Germany and France which will surely arrive a similar positions within the fullness of time.
This month we posted an interview on erpecnewslive.com, conducted by the BBC in the UK which was based on
questions raised by the British public in connection with the UK ban. On reflection we felt most of these matters raise
questions for us all, in whichever part of the world we live. We hope you agree.
Pictured: The all new electric BMW i3s
With electric cars currently accounting for
less than 1% of new sales in the UK, the
switch will mean seismic changes.
Why are petrol and diesel cars being
Poor air quality is the “biggest environmental
risk to public health in the UK” - thought
to be linked to about 40,000 premature
deaths a year - the government says. While
air pollution has been mostly falling, in many
cities nitrogen oxides - which form part of
the discharge from car exhausts - regularly
breach safe levels. Diesel vehicles produce
the overwhelming majority of nitrogen oxide
gases coming from roadside sources. The
government was ordered by the courts to
produce a new plan to tackle illegal levels of
harmful pollutant nitrogen dioxide, a form of
the nitrogen oxide pollutants emitted by vehicles.
Hybrid vehicles, will not be included
in the sales ban.
Concern about air pollution is not new, but
the issue has risen to prominence because
the UK government lost court cases over
damage caused by nitrogen dioxide levels.
It has been compounded by the fact that
car makers were found to be cheating emissions
tests. Scientists are also more certain
about the ways air pollution harms people.
The UK High Court set an end-of-July deadline
for the government to publish its clean
air plans to tackle the issue.
Will tax revenues dry up?
It’s likely the government will have to change
the way fuel is taxed to make up for losing
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