Britain is set to ban the sale of Petrol and Diesel cars by 2040 making it more environment friendly. The Government is mulling to promote the usage of electric cars. The decision comes at the time when it is planning to exit the EU. A pledge similar to this has already been taken by France.
Government is taking this step after it ascertained that the quality air is one of the main reasons for decreased productivity in the last one year which has costed the economy close to $3.2 billion.
“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” a government spokesman said. He also added “That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.”
The environment secretary, Michael Gove is hoping that the new proposal will get better response which would also focus on steps being taken which will help councils improve air quality in specific areas where emissions have breached EU thresholds. It is to be seen as to how this would affect the present car makers who are anyways shifting slowly towards making hybrid and electric vehicles.
Steps has to be taken with regards to installation of charging stations across the country which is the major challenge that would be face not only by Britain but also by India which is also mulling to implement similar schemes, much sooner.