Bring forward the ban on sale of diesel and petrol cars to 2030

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It is now widely acknowledged that air pollution poses a major public health and environmental threat.  Exhaust fumes contain invisible killers and our exposure to these toxic gases is nine times higher when sitting in a car than if outside it. [1]  This affects us all, but in particular our children.

Many of our cities are well over the World Health Organisation safe limits.[2]  The UK has breached EU air pollution limits every year since 2010, and the government has lost 3 High Court air pollution cases in 8 years.  And now, we await legal action from the EU over illegal breaches.

But the government is not tackling these emissions with any urgency.  The proposal to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2040 is just too distant. 

Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, India and Scotland have all set much earlier dates, and Paris, Madrid, Athens, Oslo, Rome and Mexico City will have banned diesel cars by 2025.  

The National Grid has reported that it will have the capacity for nationwide electric vehicles by 2030.[3]  And many government departments agree that air quality improvements have been too little, too late.

In March 2018, an unprecedented cross-department Select Committee on air quality concluded that this government is not showing enough firm leadership, and pace of change is far too slow.[4]  One recommendation is that the government should bring forward the date by which the sale of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles will be ended.

Please sign and share this petition, asking Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove MP, to lead the world and accelerate the UK transition to emission-free, and bring forward the ban on conventional petrol and diesel cars to 2030. 



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