July 25, 2024

Labour vows to reintroduce ban on ICE cars by 2030

Labour has committed to reinstating the ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars from 2030, with a potential extension to vans.

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, unveiled the party’s manifesto, emphasizing the need to enhance the UK’s economic growth.

The manifesto highlights the importance of modernizing Britain’s transport infrastructure as a key component of the nation’s rebuilding efforts.

“Our road network has suffered from long-promised projects that are left incomplete. The prevalence of potholes on our roads reflects the decline after 14 years of Conservative rule,” it states.

Labour’s pledge includes repairing an additional one million potholes across England annually in the next Parliament, funded by deferring the A27 bypass project, which is considered poor value for money.

The party also aims to address the increasing cost of car insurance for drivers, although specific measures were not detailed in the manifesto.

Labour commits to supporting the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) by expediting the installation of charge points and assisting buyers of second-hand electric cars through standardizing the information provided on battery conditions.

However, there was no mention of reinstating the plug-in car grant in the manifesto.

Simon Williams, RAC head of policy, commented on the Labour manifesto, stating, “The promise to restore 2030 as the phase-out deadline for new petrol and diesel vehicles is expected. The Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate already in place is crucial in driving manufacturers to increase the sale of electric vehicles.”

“Electric vehicles still remain expensive for many drivers. The next Government could stimulate demand by reintroducing a plug-in car grant targeted at more affordable EVs,” Williams added.

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