Combustion engines being given the boot

Posted on 21 July 2017 by CarTakeBack

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The spotlight continues to be on the environment as more and more countries are taking measures to reduce their emissions and work towards being carbon neutral.

In France, the Environment Minister, Nicolas Hulot, announced that they plan to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040. That means cars, vans and motorbikes with combustion engines will no longer be available in the country. As well as banning the sale of new cars with combustion engines, households with a low income will be given a premium to allow them to swap their old cars for cleaner alternatives.

When announcing the plans at a press conference, Mr Hulot said "We want to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people's daily lives". He said the target will be "tough", but with France's vehicle manufacturers Peugeot, Citroen and Renault ranked first, second and third respectively on the European Environment Agency (EEA) list of car makers with the lowest carbon emissions, he insists the car industry is well equipped to tackle it.

Combustion engine vehicles are on limited time.

France isn't the only country moving in on combustion powered vehicles. The Netherlands and Norway announced a draft law last year, which will only allow the sale of zero-emission vehicles from 2025. If it goes ahead, the plan is that all petrol and diesel vehicles will be phased out by 2035.

Germany also passed a resolution calling for a complete ban on combustion engine cars by 2030. Greenpeace UK spoke of this plan, saying "The German car industry is one of the most powerful in the world. If this bill is passed into law, it could be a pivotal moment in the shift towards a cleaner transport system and the battle against air pollution”.

India is also planning to ban combustion powered vehicles by 2030, and in Vietnam measures are being taken in the city of Hanoi to reduce pollution and congestion. With over five million motorbikes in Hanoi alone, the city council are banning all motorbikes, and have promised to increase public transport so that half of the city's population are using it, by 2030.

If you’re planning on changing your old car to a new greener one, whether your car has plenty of miles left or is ready for the scrap heap, you can get a quote in seconds to see how much it's worth.

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