GB News: Energy UK ex chief savages 2030 low-carbon goal
A Conservative MP has attacked Rishi Sunak’s petrol and diesel car ban as an “unfair and undeliverable” policy.
John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings has called out the “war on motorists”, stressing those at the top were unaware of normal citizens’ concerns.
The Prime Minister is pushing ahead with plans to ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles by 2030, first mooted by Boris Johnson.
This will force companies to only sell electric vehicles by the start of the next decade with petrol and diesel cars only available in the used car market.
Manufacturers will soon be forced to comply with the new Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate which will enforce limits on the number of petrol and diesel models sold.
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Mr Hayes told Spalding Today: “It’s time to acknowledge that the ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 is unfair and undeliverable.
“Recent polling found that around 60 percent of people want the plans to be scrapped or delayed.”
Mr Hayes added that plans to hammer motorists were driven by “out-of-touch bourgeois liberals”.
He added those making decisions had “no sense” of how many people rely on vehicles in their daily lives.
The Tory MP was the Transport Minister between 2016 and 2018 when the ban was set to come into effect by 2050.
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He commented “Today, there are more than 35 million automobiles on Britain’s roads, with over 77 percent of households owning one.
“For many people in a rural area like ours, a car is the means of getting to work, taking children to school, or getting to a hospital appointment. For thousands of my constituents, access to a car is a necessity, not a luxury.
“In my childhood, people used to speak of ‘going out for a drive’ as a weekend treat.
“Few would say the same today, as climate alarmists are determined to make car ownership more of a burden than a pleasure.”
A new poll from Elecrifying.com and the AA found that just 16 percent of road users backed the Government’s 2030 deadline.
It comes as consumer confidence in electric cars is also down with just nine percent saying they would consider buying an EV as their next model.
Earlier this summer, Sunak promised the change would not impact families’ finances due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
He told BBC Radio Scotland: “What I have said more generally on my approach, is that we will transition to net zero, I’m committed to it, but we will do it in a proportionate and pragmatic way that doesn’t necessarily add burden or cost to families’ bills, particularly at a time when inflation is higher than any of us would have liked.”
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