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Government’s 2040 petrol and diesel car ban criticised by much of media

The Government’s announcement that, from 2040, new vehicles purely fuelled by petrol or diesel will not be sold in the UK earned negative coverage in much of the media.

Rik Thomas
04 August 2017
The Daily Mail on 26 July
The Daily Mail on 26 July


The Government's announcement that the sale of new petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles will be banned in the UK from 2040 predictably dominated both the headlines and the thoughts of leading transport commentators in late July. Much of the commentary concerning the Government’s plans was critical, with several pieces suggesting that by setting a deadline more than 20 years into the future, the Government was attempting to distract attention from its alleged unwillingness to take...

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