Consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans

21 February 2020

Government is consulting on an accelerated move to cut transport emissions by encouraging the transition to electric cars and vans

The Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking views on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible.

This reflects the Independent Committee on Climate Change’s advice on what is needed in order for the UK to end its contribution to climate change by 2050.

The proposals relate to new cars and vans - owners of existing petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans will still be able to use these vehicles and buy and sell them on the used market.

DfT is interested in views on:

  • the phase out date
  • the definition of what should be phased out
  • barriers to achieving the above proposals
  • the impact of these ambitions on different sectors of industry and society
  • what measures are required by government and others to achieve the earlier phase out date

The consultation closes at 11.45am on Friday 29 May 2020.

Find more details on the policy proposal and ways to respond to the consultation on the GOV.UK website.