BVRLA consultation response on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars & vans

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has consulted on the Government's plan to end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2035 or earlier, proposing to bring the phase out date forward from 2040.

Here is the Government's final response following the consultation, issued by the Department for Transport on 14 July 2021.

Details of the BVRLA's consultation response submitted in July 2020 can be read here:

The consultation focused on 5 key areas:

  • the phase out date
  • the definition of what should be phased out
  • barriers to achieving the above proposals
  • the impact of these ambitions on different sectors of industry and society and
  • what measures are required by Government and others to achieve the earlier phase out date

In its response the BVRLA has stated that there cannot be a one date fits all approach due to some specific challenges facing some BVRLA members. The speed of transition is therefore dependent on how quickly these challenges can be overcome. It calls for the Government to tailor support and targets to each specific use case and set of barriers. Asking that for each fleet segment the Government must give specific consideration to the demand measures that will drive uptake, the supply measures that will ensure sufficient vehicles are available and the infrastructure measures that will meet the fleet operating model.

This is the most extensive engagement the policy team has ever had with members, NGOs, government officials, OEMs and others. It makes reference to new research by Cambridge Econometrics which is the first study to really examine the medium to longer term measures required by our industry to achieve these government goals.

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