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UK carmakers ask to delay ban on gasoline cars

03/16/2021 - 02:55

UK's biggest car makers have called on the UK government to delay a ban on petrol and diesel-powered cars because of the risk of falling sales and job losses, the Guardian reports.

The UK government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and lorries by 2030, 10 years earlier than originally planned. Hybrid cars will be allowed to be sold until 2035.

According to the Guardian, companies such as BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren have opposed the earlier introduction of the ban.

The British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) estimates that the ban will reduce UK car sales from 2.3 million in 2025 to 800,000 by 2030. If the ban is implemented by 2035, sales would fall to around 1.2 million units, down from more than 2 million under the 2040 ban.