Consultation opens on 2035 diesel phase-out for HGVs up to 26t gvw - UPDATE15 July 2021

The UK government has published a transport decarbonisation plan that envisages ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035, conventional domestic aviation fuel by 2040 and diesel-powered rail by 2050.

As part of that, it has launched a consultation on phase-out plans for heavy goods vehicles. Restrictions would come in two tranches: 3.5t up to 26t gvw by 2035, and vehicles over 26t by 2040, or sooner “if a faster transition seems feasible”.

In addition, the consultation asks if commercial vehicles using zero-emission and alternative-fuel powertrains should have higher maximum weights.

The consultation, available via the second link below, closes on 3 September.

A second consultation covers the regulatory framework for all new road vehicles. This includes the extent of derogations, fines in case of breach and other issues. It was published alongside a green paper, available via the first link below. It closes on 22 September.

The government also announced that the entire government fleet of 40,000 vans and cars are to be made zero-emissions by 2027.

As for other types of commercial vehicles, from March to April 2021, the government consulted on ending the sale of new diesel buses, including when such a ban should begin. It was part of the government’s recent national bus strategy document. As of time of writing, the government had not published an analysis of feedback or a response.

UPDATED 22 July 15:00 - Changed the order of the weblinks.

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