Britain to ban petrol and diesel carsCompact Cars, Bridgend
August 22, 2017 at 1:39 PM
British Government Ban on Diesel and Petrol Cars to Curb Air Pollution
Air pollution in the UK has risen to dangerously high levels, and this has had a drastic effect on people’s health. In fact, statistics show that lost productivity due to health problems caused by poor air quality costs the country well over £2 billion every year. Even more troubling is the fact that about 40,000 people die every year from health problems caused by poor air quality.
Ban on Diesel and Petrol Vans and Cars
Because of this, Britain plans to effect a ban on all new diesel and petrol vans and cars as from 2040. The nitrogen oxide produced during the combustion of diesel and petrol is harmful to the people, hence the ban. Hybrid vehicles will also be affected by the ban. France was the first country to make this commitment and Britain has followed suit as part of the government’s commitment to improving air quality in the country.
Car manufacturers to take action
While 2040 might seem like a long time into the future, it gives car manufacturers enough time to come up with sustainable electric vehicles to reduce air pollution. This is totally achievable considering the fact that some car manufacturers are already planning to stop the manufacturing of diesel and petrol cars by 2020. Instead, they will only be making hybrid or fully electric vehicles.
Reducing air pollution in the immediate term
In the meantime, several other measures will be put in place to reduce air pollution in the immediate term. These include retrofitting buses, removal of speed bumps, and charging vehicles with the highest carbon emissions. What this means for the public is that they should start investing in more environmentally friendly vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint.
The ban on diesel and petrol vans and cars will be a huge step in the right direction. If more countries follow suit, air pollution will be greatly minimised. With the public getting more enlightened and conscious of the impact of their activities on the environment, the clean air dream will probably be achieved even sooner than expected.