Ministers are being urged to improve access to charging points for electric vehicles (EV) and offer financial incentives such as VAT reductions to encourage drivers to buy non fossil-fuel cars and vans. The call comes ahead of an expected announcement from the Government on its consultation to move the date for the phase out of sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans forward from 2040 to 2030 and to include hybrids in the ban.
Labour has also called for the date to be shifted to 2030 to cut carbon and curb air pollution, while the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change said the phase out should happen by 2032 at the latest.
Boris Johnson is expected to confirm the new target as early as next week.
Helen Clarkson, CEO of international non-profit the Climate Group and organisers of Climate Week NYC event, said: “Only bold action can achieve