David Brennan, CEO at Nexus Vehicle Rental, comments on the business select committee’s report recommending that the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles should be brought forward to 2032.
While the UK is right to strive towards a cleaner and greener future, this report only puts further pressure on the motoring sector, which is already battling significant uncertainty.
The government’s 2040 target was already ambitious, requiring significant investment in infrastructure to facilitate the switch to electric vehicles. Whilst we’re seeing appetite grow amongst our customers, zero-emission vehicles still make up just more than half a per cent of the entire market, so there would need to be a substantial upturn in production and demand to meet this new 2032 target.
Transport and logistics are the backbone to our economy and any advancement of the ban will hit them hard, with many smaller businesses likely to struggle to afford the necessary investment without additional government support.
With manufacturing processes making vehicles cleaner and new clean air zones in London and Birmingham being rolled out in 2019, steps are being put in place to reduce levels of pollution across the country.
Admittedly, this progress is only a start and while we welcome and appreciate the ambition to improve air quality, the time and financial pressures of this new deadline could be detrimental to the industry which is keeping the UK’s people and businesses mobile at an already challenging time.
Read the full article in the Yorkshire Post here.
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This post was written by Helen Wakefield
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