UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

Britain has announced that it will ban sales of all new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040.

Speaking to the BBC, environment secretary Michael Gove confirmed the decision was part of the government’s push to embrace new technology and address growing concerns of air pollution in the country.

Gove said the government would give more than £200 million to local authorities to draw up plans to tackle particular roads with high pollution.

“What we’re saying to local authorities is come up with an imaginative solution to these proposals,” he told the BBC’s Today programme.

Asked if there could be taxes for drivers of certain vehicles he said: “I don’t believe that it is necessary to bring in charging, but we will work with local authorities in order to determine what the best approach is.”

Earlier this year newly-appointed French president Emmanuel Macron gave the same 2040 deadline to make the switch to cleaner motoring technology.

Read: How much more you can expect to pay for petrol next week

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UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040