21 September, 2023
ConservativeHome, by Sam Richards


The good news is that the carpool carabinieri won’t be knocking on your door any time soon. In his bold repositioning on Net Zero, the Prime Minister wisely ruled out such policies as compulsory car sharing, steak bans, and seven bins for every household.

But alongside the bonfire of the invisible red tape, there were two matters of substance in the Prime Minister’s speech. The first was the pushing back of the date for the phaseout of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035. Now, in some ways this won’t make much of a difference for consumers. Most people buy their cars second hand – hundreds of thousands of petrol and diesel cars would still have been bought and sold after 2030 under the old target. There was also always the provision that hybrids would still be sold from 2030 to 2035.

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