‘Only a matter of time’ until diesel and petrol vehicles are ‘prohibited’ before 2030 ban

PETROL and diesel car sales are set to be banned from 2030 onwards, with one expert saying that cities may implement bans on polluting vehicles in the years to come.

From 2030, the Government will restrict the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles to boost its aim of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Major steps are already being taken to limit the use of petrol and diesel, including tax benefits for electric cars, and penalty charges for polluting vehicles.

A handful of cities have introduced emissions-based charging zones to cut down on pollution and give drivers the incentive to switch to electric.


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One of the most popular benefits for drivers is the car tax cuts they can benefit from.

Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax allows drivers to get an electric car at a much lower tax rate compared to petrol and diesel alternatives.

Currently, motorists pay just two percent tax on an electric car, whereas some diesel company cars can attract a tax rate of more than 35 percent.

David Hedges, Employment Tax Partner at Azets, said the 2030 petrol and diesel sales ban will have a major impact on consumer choices in the coming years.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Employers, with environmental, social and governance on the boardroom agenda feel it is the right thing to do for the environment as we move away from polluting fossil fuels.

Read more: Express

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