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Sales of new diesel and petrol cars and vans to be banned in Britain from 2040!

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All change in the future as we follow Europe.

In recent news and following on from France’s commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road by 2040, Britain has also followed suit by banning the sales of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040. The final plan is due by the end of July.


This all being part of the government’s clean air plan. A push towards electric vehicles is the way to go due to rising levels of nitrogen oxide which poses a high risk to public health.

Plans are expected from local emissions hotspots by March 2018 and to be finalised by the end of the year. This plan is also expected to include a targeted scrappage scheme.

Considerable funds will be boosted into this future ban including £1bn in ultra-low emissions vehicles. An investment of approximately £100m to ‘the UK’s charging infrastructure and funding the “plug-in car” and “plug-in grant” schemes’, money towards low-emmission taxis and a green bus fund for low carbon vehicles for an air quality fund for councils.
So what does this mean for the dismantling industry?

Presuming that this will go ahead as planned, will there be a surge in scrapping petrol and diesel vehicles? How will this affect depollution companies in the future? What training will be required?

How and when this will affect us is yet to be seen but one thing we do know is that we will inevitably be affected. As more details arise, we will get a clearer picture of what the future holds. Obviously we can expect changes in legislation and requirements for training will become paramount over time. How we adapt to these changes remains to be seen. But if there is to be a scrappage scheme or an increase in the demand for second hand vehicles, preparation will be key.

At the moment this is breaking news and once the plan has been released we will have more of an idea of the governments’ ideas we will then have time to assess the outcome.

As always ATF Professional will endeavor to provide you with updates and all items related. Of course if you have any viewpoints we are always keen to hear from you.

August 2018


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