Following hot on the heels of a similar announcement by the French government – and grabbing the headlines as part of the UK government’s long awaited clean air strategy package - the UK government ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 has been strongly criticised, including the lack of incentives (such as a government scrappage scheme), and not giving the industry enough time to adjust.

Whilst the Government’s 2040 ban may sound logical for a world where Chinese owned Volvo announced that from 2019 none of its new models will be solely petrol or diesel (internal combust ion engine) cars – the reality is that most of those Volvo electrified cars will be mild hybrids, to fit in with EU emissions limits set for 2020 - and that there is still a long way to go before any major manufacturer is going all-electric.

Given the apparent impact of earlier government headlines on demand for diesel, Birketts hopes that the UK government takes a positive, practical and ‘joined up’ approach in partnership with the sector, to implement its strategy.