Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has unveiled plans to ban conventional petrol and diesel cars from the road by 2040.
Under proposals outlined by the Deputy Prime Minister, only low CO2 emitting vehicles such as hybrids and battery electric vehicles would be allowed on the roads by that year.
However, the ban would not apply to heavy goods vehicles, provided they are being used to carry freight.
The Lib Dems also expressed a desire to see the introduction of road tolls to ease congestion in city centres – a proposal not likely to be popular with motorists already feeling the burden of high fuel and insurance costs.
The plans form part of a policy paper entitled ‘Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain’, which will be voted on by Lib Dem delegates at the party’s conference in Glasgow next month. If assent is given, the plans would have to form party of the Lib Dem manifesto for the next general election.
The paper also details Lib Dem plans to increase taxes on petrol and diesel in the years leading up to the 2040 deadline, in an attempt to move motorists towards more environmentally friendly alternatives.
It’s not just motorists who are being targeted. The current air passenger duty would be replaced by a per-plane tax, with charges being levied in proportion to the carbon emissions created by individual plane journeys.
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