I’m 14. How do I feel about the combustion engine ban?
In this article, I speak about how I feel about the UK government’s decision to ban the production of petrol and diesel cars from 2030.
Written by: Rahil Hashmi
Hi, my name is Rahil Hashmi. I’m currently 14 years old, I have a cat called Boo and I like to listen to George Michael... oh, and I forgot to mention: I’m also the biggest car nerd you will ever meet.
Point at any car on the road and I will be able to ramble on about it for hours on end and this isn’t something that I’ve been able to do for the past 3 weeks, oh no. I’ve been a fan of cars ever since I was born; I’m pretty sure that I actually drove out of my mum’s womb. I used to and still do spend endless amounts of time just dreaming of getting behind the wheel of my dream car.
As to what that dream car was? Well, it changed quite frequently. One time, it was the Lamborghini Aventador and then it was the Ferrari 458 Speciale and then it was the McLaren Senna and then it was some other bonkers expensive supercar. The point is, all of them were, and still are, petrol-powered vehicles.
But, 4 days ago, Boris Johnson announced that new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030. This means that, if I wish to fulfill my dream of owning the latest supercar, I need to do it by the time I am 23. 10 years or so sounds like a lot of time but it really isn’t because in order to earn good money, I’ll need a good job and this means I will almost certainly need to go to university. Even if I graduate at the age of 21, I‘ll have just 2 years in order to secure a job that will pay enough for me to go out and get a McLaren, Lamborghini or whatever dumb and impractical thing I want when I am of that age... and this is all on the basis that I do well in my studies.
I have many interests but I only have one passion and one dream: cars. Now, I will have to live with the fact that I will never be able to go out and accomplish this one dream of mine. I must admit: I knew that something like this was coming but I didn’t expect it to be so soon.
So how do I feel about the ban?
After everything that I have just said you’d think that I am upset, annoyed and maybe even outraged at Mr Johnson when in reality, the opposite is true.
I understand that petrol and diesel vehicles are harmful to the environment and if we continue to drive around in them, we won’t just be harming our planet but also future generations and I don’t think that’s fair on them.
Although sacrificing the dream I share with many others is rather sad, it is what needs to be done in order to ensure the health and safety of humanity.