U.K. to Ban Diesel and Petrol Cars From 2040

The U.K. will ban sales of diesel and petrol cars from 2040 to combat air pollution, according to newspaper reports citing a plan to be published Wednesday.
Local authorities will also be allowed to impose tough levies on the most polluting diesel vehicles as soon as 2020, the Daily Telegraph reported. The measures are part of the U.K.’s clean-air plan. A draft was published in May after the government lost a court case to delay its publication until after June’s election.
The strategy is to urge local authorities to reduce emissions first, by fitting diesel vehicles with filters, changing road layouts and removing speed humps. The move comes as the U.K. plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emission technology as part of its post-Brexit industrial strategy.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy outlined plans to invest 246 million pounds in battery technology research earlier this week and BMW AG said on Tuesday it will build an electric version of its iconic Mini compact car in Britain.
France has already made the same pledge to switch to electric vehicles from 2040 and Volvo AB has also announced it will no longer make petrol or diesel engines after 2019, switching to electric and hybrid models.
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