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UK looks to ban sale of diesel HGVs from 2040

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The sale of new diesel HGVs could be banned from 2040 under the Government’s transport decarbonisation plan, which is expected to be published tomorrow, according to the Financial Times.

The long-awaited plan is said to include several public consultations on measures aimed at cutting pollution in the transport sector as part of the UK’s legal requirement to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Under one proposal, the sale of smaller diesel trucks would be banned from 2035, and ones weighing more than 26 tonnes from 2040.

Both the Climate Change Committee and the National Infrastructure Commission have been calling for the 2040 phase-out date.

In our poll in April, the majority of transport professionals (73.7%) also favoured this date, with about a quarter 26.3% against the move.

A small number suggested that the Government needed to set an earlier deadline, in line with the 2030 ban on the sale new diesel cars and vans (with hybrids phased out by 2035).

However, those within the HGV sector expressed concerns that the infrastructure would not be ready by 2040.

The Department for Transport declined to comment.

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