The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has responded to the government’s latest announcement on the banning of petrol and diesel cars and vans, stating that “consumer and business anticipation of the change is likely to distort the vehicle market.”
Last week the Prime Minister confirmed that the UK would bring forward its ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-engined cars and vans from 2040 until 2030, although some hybrids will be allowed until 2035.
The ban is part of a 10-point plan that the government has set out to make the UK carbon-neutral by 2050.
The CILT has stated that while it welcomes the announcement, it believes the measure will not “address the problems of congestion” and a significant proportion of particulate emissions from tyres and brakes.
They said: “The investment required in grid capacity and charging points will also need to be integrated within the government’s timescale. This is likely to be a more difficult challenge than replacing the model line-up.
“The potential lack of access to charging for the many people who have to park their cars on the street with no plug in access may prove to be socially discriminatory.”
The added: “Comprehensive road user charging will be needed both to replace lost fuel duty revenues and as an integrated means to manage congestion and contain particulate emissions. Ad hoc measures by cities and authorities are likely to be disruptive to the transition and will need to be coordinated, especially for freight operators.
“The transition of Heavy Goods Vehicles will require different technology and introduction programmes which has yet to be announced. Once again, like charging infrastructure, this transition will require huge investment if it is to align with the government’s ambitious timetable.
“Finally, we would caution that the initial lifecycle analysis on battery technology suggests that we must make every effort to ‘green’ that manufacturing process to avoid embedding harmful emissions in the capital investment on vehicles.”