The Department for Transport is consulting on bringing forward (from 2040 to 2035) an end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans, and has suggested the ban could take place earlier (e.g. by 2032) “if a faster transition appears feasible”.
The Government’s consultation includes queries on:
- The suggested phase-out date
- The definition of which vehicles should be phased out
- Barriers to achieving the above proposals
- The impact of these ambitions on different sectors of industry and society
- What measures are required by government and others to achieve an earlier phase out date
The NFU has however expressed concerns about the potential negative impact the phasing out of petrol/diesel vehicles within 15 years could have on farm businesses and the rural economy, and is seeking members’ views in preparation for their official response.
A representative said: “Presently, the electricity grid and provision of vehicle charging infrastructure is far from adequate in rural areas, both to sustain rural businesses and to support rural tourism. We do not think it is currently possible to set a date for phasing out new sales of diesel tractors and other non-road agricultural machinery, and a major scale-up in support and investment for such a transition would be required.
We also recognise that the promotion of electric vehicles (EVs) could bring about new opportunities (e.g. for EV chargepoints located at farm shops, or possibly adjoining farms that have 3-phase electricity nearby to village communities). In the longer term, electrification of agricultural machinery could clearly contribute to the productivity/emissions reduction theme of our Net Zero 2040 goal for farming.”
The closing date for responses is Friday 31st July.
More information, including the NFU’s draft response, and ways in which members can submit their views is available on the organisation’s website.