Government officials want to end the production of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as it attempts to phase out high-emission cars from the streets of Britain. 

As part of the Government’s obligation to adhere to the targets under the Paris climate accord and reduce emissions to zero by 2050, Jesse Norman, the parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed Theresa May’s administration would stick with its pre-election pledge. 

In a written answer to the Commons, Mr Norman added: “The Government has a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050. We believe this would necessitate all new cars and van being zero emission vehicles by 2040.”

It also comes after Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, pledged last month that London’s entire transport system will become zero emission by 2050, with a “zero emission zone” by 2025. All taxis and minicabs will be non-polluting by 2033 while the entire bus fleet, numbering 9,200 vehicles, will be zero emission by 2037, the mayor’s office said.

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