The Government's plan to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 is in motion as an attempt to tackle air pollution. Ministers have also unveiled a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions, including the potential for charging zones for the dirtiest vehicles. Local authorities will be given direct financial support from the government, with £40m of the fund being made immediately.
The whole ban on petrol and diesel is a classic use of a headline scare, this would have no doubt spread fear through the market impacting residual values. The reality is, this is 23 into the future and if we consider the average person changes their car once every 3 years, that’s just over 7 new cars, in this time we will have gradually been weaned off of petrol and diesel onto hybrids and then make the move over to fully electric cars. So while there is a lot of hype around the topic at the minute, it isn’t a big issue.