Labour calls for ban on petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2030
The Labour Party want to bring forward the date of the ban on sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars.
A couple of months back, the UK government announced its plans to ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035, with the previous target date being 2040. Now, Labour Party's Shadow Minister for Climate Change Matthew Pennycook has called for that date to be brought forward once again to 2035.
In a letter to Secretary of Transport, Pennycook has stated that bringing forward the target date is an 'ambitious but achievable' goal that would help to 'create jobs, cut carbon emissions, and reduce air pollution'.
The Labour Party released a statement in which they reiterated Pennyccok's point about the ban increasing the jobs:
'Studies suggest that manufacturing batteries to replace internal combustion engines, for instance, would boost direct employment in the automotive industry from about 170,000 jobs today to as many as 220,000 by 2040.'.
The 2030 target date would bring the UK in line with with other countries, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, who from that date will sell only new electric vehicles.
It's honestly great to see Labour trying to create a greener environment for future generations, but they should also take into account that the ban on fossil-fuel and hybrid cars would cause car prices to skyrocket, and I don't think that many people would be able to afford electric cars following the severely destructive pandemic we're still battling through.