All parliamentary groups demand that the ban on the sale of new petrol cars by 2030 be removed

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has called on the government to reverse its plan to ban the sale of new petrol vehicles by 2030, saying it would be “economic madness”.

Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and Haulers, which is in partnership with Fair Fuel UK, Alliance of British Drivers and the Motorcycle Action Group, claimed the environmental benefits of the proposed bans are “significantly” overshadowed by the additional costs that will ensue. .

In 2020, the government brought forward the date it would ban the sale of new petrol vehicles from 2040 to 2030, while allowing the sale of hybrid vehicles until 2035.

The APPG Group produced a report showing the alleged economic problems such a move would cause, including that the “£76bn” in environmental benefits of the 2030 ban would be outweighed by the assessed costs which “amount to £400 billion”.

The Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and Haulers cross-party parliamentary group is calling on the government to scrap its ban on petrol cars in 2030 (PA)The APPG says the costs of switching to mainly electric vehicles would be considerable (PA)

Some factors, they said, would cause economic problems, including the cost of purchasing new vehicles, increased time wasted due to waiting to charge electric vehicles, and the need for additional infrastructure to support a increased number of electric vehicles.

The report claims: “From the perspective of the average household, these additional costs over the period 2022 to 2050 amount to £27,400 or just under £1,000 per household per year from 2022 to 2050.”

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Neil Liversidge, Chairman of Motorcycle Action Group, said: ‘This report shows that the Government’s proposal to ban the internal combustion engine is totally wrong, even if you use the assumptions they themselves have made and without going into in environmental arguments.

“This is economic madness, a blight on civil liberties and a clear marker for ministers to respond, either explaining where they think this report is wrong or removing this misplaced and damaging ban on our right to drive gas-powered motorcycles.

The APPG report can be read here.

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