Mane Engineering Issue 10 - May 2018 - Page 8

8 | MANE AUTOMOTIVE, F1 & MOTORSPORT | MAY 2018

In 2017, the UK government announced that the sale of fully petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040, meaning you will only be able to purchase hybrids or fully electric motors. While this is in over 20 years, local authorities are planning to implement measures to reduce the amount of polluting vehicles in the near future. Many of local authorities will be looking to introduce no emission zones or ‘clean air zones’ similar to the capitals congestion and T- charge zones.

The UK high court has also criticised the government for failing to require action from 33 local authorities whose air pollution levels were illegal. Action has now been taken to investigate measures to lower the illegal levels in the 33 towns and cities as soon as possible. This could mean restrictions such as the London T-charge being rolled out in other areas of the UK.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, introduced a £10 ‘toxicity’ charge known as the T-charge which applies to drives of petrol and diesel cars with pre-Euro 4 engines. This is, broadly speaking, cars made before 2005. This is in addition to the London Congestion charge zones charging motorists £11.50 Monday to Friday, 7 am to 6 pm. It is predicted this will affect 10,000 cars.

In 2019, the Mayor has planned to roll out Ultra-Low emission zones with it being widened to other areas the following year, all motor vehicles which fail to meet emission criteria will be charged £12.50 upwards.