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CO2 emissions regulatory framework consultation deadline approaches

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The Government’s consultation on the proposed CO2 emissions regulatory framework for all newly sold road vehicles in the UK closes on September 22.

The Government is proposing ‘tightening’ the existing efficiency-based regulations to more closely align with its petrol and diesel phase out commitments (2030 for internal combustion engine vehicles and 2035 for hybrids) or making a UK zero emission vehicle mandate as well as CO2 regulations.

A green paper, published alongside the transport decarbonisation plan in July, discusses the wider regulatory framework including: the vehicle models that should be in scope; whether derogations and exemptions should apply in certain cases; the level of fines that should be issued for non-compliance; defining the ‘significant zero emission capability’ that all new hybrid cars and vans will be required to deliver from 2030 to 2035.

The Government is currently analysing feedback on its proposal to end the sale of new non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles by 2040 for vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes and 2035 for vehicles from 3.5 tonnes to 26 tonnes. 

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