In an effort to ‘stop pollution and curb climate change’ the UK is set to ban all new gasoline cars by 2040, and to implement new taxes onto busy roads for owners of the most polluting vehicles.
The strategy was put forth by Michael Gove and Chris Grayling, who are planning to enforce laws that will make drivers purchase electric cars, and phase out the combustion engine.
As of the year 2020, town halls will be allowed to levy extra charges on diesel drivers using the UK’s 81 most polluted routes if air quality fails to improve.
In speaking to BBC radio Mr. Grove said: ‘We can’t carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change, do damage to our planet and to the next generation.’
When asked about new technology, Mr. Grove stated; ‘There is no alternative to embracing new technology.’