Government criticised over ‘lack of plan’ for car emission target

Going from 11% to 100% zero emission cars in 14 years is a ‘mountain’ that government has to climb, MPs suggest

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MPs have urged the government to take urgent action regarding its low emission target as it seems that it lacks a clear plan.

The comments are by the Public Accounts Committee which suggests just 11% of new vehicle registrations for ultra-low emission cars were recorded last year.

That’s according to a new report by the Public Accounts Committee which suggests just 11% of new vehicle registrations for ulta-low emission cars were recorded last years.

Having that in mind, it will be a huge challenge to get to 100% in the next 14 years, the timeframe the government has set for all new cars to be zero-emission, according to MPs.

They add a move from 11% to 100% zero emission cars in such a short period of time would be a mountain for the policymakers to climb.

The report stresses that achieving the goal will require persuading consumers about the affordability of zero emission cars.

It will also need a wider electric vehicle infrastructure to address the current uneven takeup across the UK.

Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee, said: “The government has a mountain to climb to get to all new cars in the UK emitting zero carbon in the next 14 years, to convince consumers and make the cars appealing, to make the car industry environmentally and socially compliant, to build the necessary infrastructure to support this radical shift and possibly biggest of all, to wean itself off carbon revenues.

“Yet once again what we’ve got is a government throwing up a few signs around base camp – and no let-up in demand for oversized, petrol- guzzling vehicles.”

A government spokesperson said: “We’ve got a highly ambitious and world-leading approach to increasing the uptake of zero emission cars, and the progress we’re making in this area will help us to meet our targets.

“Already, we’re investing £2.8 billion in helping industry and drivers make the switch and will continue our work to install thousands of chargepoints and boost the development of new technologies to meet our goals.”

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