Car manufacturers may be forced to take certain vehicles off sale in Britain due to impending restrictions on carbon emissions from the European Union.

The EU is introducing a new average emission target for new cars of 95g/km CO2. Companies making heavier cars will get a higher emission allowance than firms which make lighter vehicles.

This move aims at combating climate change, with manufacturers that miss the target facing hefty fines.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), told The Independent: “New CO2 targets are extremely challenging and industry is investing vast sums to meet them.”

At the end of the Brexit transition period, the Department of Transport (DfT) claim the UK will aim to be “at least as ambitious as the current arrangements” when it comes to emissions targets.

Maintaining a low average emission level will be difficult after Brexit, however, as the fumes from cars sold in Britain and those sold in other EU countries won’t be balanced. The UK’s current average emission figure for cars is 127.9g/km of CO2.

Hawes added: “We need a long-term government commitment to measures that give consumers confidence to invest in the latest technologies.”


January 15, 2020