I​’m 14. How do I feel about the combustion engine ban?

I​n 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.

8w ago

W​ritten by: Rahil Hashmi

H​i, 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.

A​s 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.

B​ut, 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.

S​o how do I feel about the ban?

A​fter 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.

A​lthough 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.

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Comments (86)

  • Electric cars are actually just as harmful, if not more harmful, than petrol cars to the environment. This is all to make politicians look good.

      1 month ago
    • Electric cars are actually worse because of the toxic batteries and they ways that they mine for lithium

        1 month ago
    • You are absolutely correct. Nobody will say it though. Not good for politics 🙄

        1 month ago
  • Quite frankly I think the only thing the ban is going to do is drive car manufacturers to move outside the UK. There are just way too many petrol heads out there to ban ICE engines completely. That being said I wish all the luck in the world of achieving your dream. 😁👍

      1 month ago
  • We need to tell everyone especially environmentalists there are alternative fuel that is renewable and make ICE good for environment

    Synthetic fuel: youtu.be/HFKkqqdm5BE

    Algae biofuel: youtu.be/yCNkmi7VE0I

      1 month ago
    • I second that.

        1 month ago
    • Do you think they will care enough? BEVs are a trend for non car guys that want to beat machines of passion and say "see? the future is here!"

        1 month ago
  • excellent post, my friend

      1 month ago
  • If it makes you feel better, I'll make you know that the tech to make ICEs non-pollutant has already been developed, and some companies like Repsol are showing interest and plans to commercialize a gasoline substitute made from captured Co2 from the atmosphere or industrial processes. Hopefully, in a few years we will be able to incorporate that tech in our cars, or replicas if needed. That way, I think, we will be able of avoid or most likely mitigate the effects of, well, the passing of time. But given the current circumstances, for now, the best thing we can do is to be informed, we can't defend ourselves without knowledge, the kind of people who want the ban are basically asking us to improve but if we dont know how or what to answer them, they wont bother waiting and thus they will take care of this into their own ways. We have to show them that we can improve on our own, without their intervention, specially without their botched, halfarsed, shortsighted and biased mindset and approach.

      1 month ago
    • Oh I never knew that!

        1 month ago
    • Well, now you know, I'd recommend you to search about that on the internet when you have some spare time, you can't never know too much and don't you ever lose hope, there is always a better way.

        1 month ago