UK Mayors Call To Bring Forward Diesel & Petrol Car Ban, By 10 Years
What's Going On Here?
Mayors from across the UK have called on the government to bring forward its ban on petrol and diesel vehicles by a decade. The current ban is set for 2040, yet air pollution campaigners have suggested this is too late to deal with a problem that is already a ‘public health emergency’.
What Does This Mean?
The 2040 ban on sales has been criticised as lacking in ambition. It is thought that bringing forward the ban would take 7million high polluting cars off the road, cut air pollution by a third, and accelerate the growth of the electric car market, thus aiding the transition to electric vehicles. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has ordered 68 fully electric buses to create Europe's largest electric bus fleet.
However, there remain issues as to whether or not the necessary charging infrastructure could be ready in time, and whether or not the national grid could cope with the extra demand. You can see in the graph below how Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AHVs) have a long way to go to overtake Petrol and Diesel sales in the UK.
Why Should We Care?
Petrol and diesel vehicles cause nearly half of air pollution on UK streets. This pollution is estimated to have contributed to over 40,000 deaths in the UK in 2016 and 9,000 in London alone. Clean Air Day, organised by Global Action Plan is an event designed to raise awareness of the increasing problem of air pollution.
Today (Thursday 21st June) is Clean Air Day. Take a pledge to make a positive change to air quality! You could:
Check out the Clean Air Day Guide to Air Pollution. You’ll find answers to the key questions – where does air pollution come from? What can I do to reduce air pollution? How can I reduce my exposure to air pollution?
Or just read the curious.earth guide to Air Pollution :-)
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