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November 2020 announcement: UK Government, takes historic step towards net-zero with end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030… What implications does this have on the UK fleet sector? Read on…

The UK has taken another historic step on the road to ending its contribution to climate change while boosting jobs in the process, as the Prime Minister, Transport Secretary and Business Secretary announced the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030. This will put the UK on course to be the fastest G7 country to decarbonise cars and vans.

Following consultation with stakeholders, industry and the wider public, a 2-phased approach to the process was announced on Wednesday 18 November 2020. (Full statement)

Step 1 will see the phase-out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans brought forward to 2030.

Step 2 will see all new cars and vans be fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“The UK is going further and faster than any other major economy to decarbonise transport, harnessing the power of clean, green technology to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

Bringing forward the phase-out date could create 40,000 extra jobs by 2030, particularly in our manufacturing heartlands of the North East and across the Midlands, and will see emissions reductions equivalent to taking more than 4 million cars off the road.

We are also leading the charge when it comes to the transition to zero emission vehicles and today’s timely boost in funding builds on our world-leading £2.5 billion package to encourage drivers to make the switch.” 

GREENFLEET in 2021 will continue its push to help UK fleets make the transition to zero-emission vehicles with a series of online (initially) events, designed to offer fleet professionals the chance to hear more from the UK government, together with local and regional authorities, on the strategies being implemented to help reach Net Zero by 2030.

And we are delighted to confirm that we will embark on the NET ZER0 ROADSHOW with the support of our Partners – Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, Crown Commercial Service, SMMT, National Grid and new for 2021, the Association for Fleet Professionals. Together, with the additional support from innovative solutions providers, we will have everything a fleet or transport needs to make an educated decision on how to go about making the transition to a cleaner fleet operation. 

Here’s what we have in store on the 2021 NET ZER0 ROADSHOW