UK Government Ramps up a Gear to Decrease Emissions in Transport Sector

By Shabana Arif on at

In an effort to meet its net zero emissions target by 2050, the government is planning on cracking down on the transport sector.

The climate action roadmap is set to be unveiled next year, with the expectation that the 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be brought forward to 2035.

The campaign group Transport and Environment wants to see this go even further, suggesting a 2030 deadline, as well as new taxes on air travel.

Some pretty drastic measures are going to have to be undertaken, given that Theresa May's 2050 net zero emissions target has been called delusional, with talk of higher taxes for people who aren't getting on board with the new regime.

"We want to work with industry and communities around the country to develop this plan – to make our towns and cities better places to live, help to create new jobs, improve air quality and our health, and take urgent action on climate change," said transport secretary Grant Shapps. [The Guardian]

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