Back in the day, buying cars was deemed a luxury – a thing that only rich people could afford. But as time passes by, they have gradually become a necessity. They have helped humanity move from point A to point B with ease. However, these vehicles have also caused environment distraction such as pollution.
Interestingly, in a report from Daily Mail, both petrol and diesel cars will no longer exist in some parts of the world come 2040. Why? Because they will be banned in order to improve air quality.
The ban is part of Britain’s goal to achieve low emission on roads in the future.
Moreover, the crackdown would mean more taxes to pay for owners of the said vehicles. This is to discourage them from using the polluting cars.
The strategy to band petrol and diesel cars has already started, courtesy of ministers Michael Gove and Chris Grayling. The two pushed the scheme in a High Court case concerning air pollution.
The strategy is being headed by ministers Michael Gove (left) and Chris Grayling (right).
As soon as 2040 arrives, drivers will be forced to buy electric cars only. And if this indeed happens, the 150-year-reign of internal combustion engine will come to an end.
Gove encouraged the rest of the European countries such as Norway and France to do the same. He and Grayling are hoping to see a path to low emission future on roads.
Petrol and diesel cars have caused so much pollution, causing all sort of diseases.
The strategy would mean an end to the reign of internal combustion engine in the market.
From around 2020, town halls will be given the opportunity to levy extra charges on all diesel drivers. This will be done using UK’s 81 most polluted routes, if and only if air quality proves to be a failure.
Gove in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program had this to say:
We can’t carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change, do damage to our planet and to the next generation.”
The minister was asked if there could be an existing alternative such as nuclear power energy and/or more wind farms. But for him, when it comes to “embracing new technology,” there is no alternative whatsoever.
Come 2020, the government will levy extra charges on diesel drivers to discourage them from using their polluting vehicle.
The ministers also encourage the push of electric cars as replacement on roads.
The government, however, is looking for alternatives in fighting pollution.
The British government is also set to invest money in a Clean Air Fund. The said funding is meant to support all kinds of improvements in order to avoid the restrictions on polluting cars. Although the two ministers accepted the program, they still insisted on considering restrictions on polluting cars at least on affected roads.
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