Scotland aims to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2032

Scotland aims to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2032
Scotland has set a target of ending sales of conventional petrol and diesel powered cars eight years before the rest of the UK.

Covering cars and vans which run solely on traditional fuel – but not hybrid models – the bold proposal will also see “massive expansion” in the country’s electric charging network.

Hailing plans to phase out sales by 2032 as “admirable”, the RAC warns that a mass switch to electric and other alternative fuel solutions will require rapid improvements to infrastructure.

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There are also question marks over Scotland’s implementation of such measures, as its parliament does not currently enjoy devolved control over vehicle standards or taxation.

The announcement, which came from SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, follows environment secretary Michael Gove’s pledge in July that the UK will ban the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.

Also announced this year was London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise that the capital’s entire transport system would become zero emission by 2050.

RAC roads policy spokesman Nicholas Lyes points out that Ms Sturgeon’s announcement reflects what is, for now, a target rather than a solid pledge.

“The Scottish Government’s announcement that it plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 is admirable, but how quickly this transition can be achieved will depend on the infrastructure being able to facilitate such a mass switch to electric and other alternative fuel solutions,” he said.

“It’s worth remembering that the UK Government has said it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, whereas the Scottish Government appears to be setting itself a target only – albeit an ambitious and commendable one.”

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Speaking before the Scottish parliament, Ms Sturgeon, said the transition from petrol and diesel to electric and ultra-low emission is “underway and gathering pace.”

“I am announcing today an ambitious new target,” she continued. “Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032 – the end of the period covered by our new Climate Change Plan and eight years ahead of the target set by the UK Government.”

She went on to announce plans to make the A9 Scotland's first fully electric-enabled road, and that an innovation fund would be set up to encourage climate-change solutions such as charging vehicles in areas with a high concentration of tenements.

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