Fair Fuel APPG for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers August 2021 Page | 10 Background As widely reported in the national media and motoring journals 1 , all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans are set to be banned from sale in 2030. New hybrids will be given a stay of execution until 2035, on the condition they are capable of covering a "significant distance" in zero-emission mode - a term which the Government has yet to define. After 2035, the only new cars and vans that can be sold will be pure electric, plus any hydrogen-powered cars that may exist at that point. Second-hand cars will be unaffected by the ban, however, allowing petrol and diesel cars, plus conventional hybrids without "significant" zero- emission capability, to change hands on the used market after 2030. To help facilitate the transition from fossil-fuel cars, £1.3 billion is being invested in EV charge points for homes, streets, and motorways across England. A further £582 million is being set aside for grants to help people into EVs and PHEVs. The Government is also investing £500 million in battery development and mass production, while £525 million is earmarked for the nuclear power plants, partly to help meet the demand for electricity the growing number of EVs will bring. This report highlights: Recommendations to lower emissions without banning new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030. A plethora of expert opinions on recent Government edicts and their effective ways to reduce emissions and avoid economic doomsday. Several questions of the Government on behalf of UK’s 37m drivers as to the viability and cost of the Government’s unexpected target date to ban new fossil fuelled cars and vans in 2030. A brief ‘cradle to grave’ review of Electric Vehicles compared to Petrol/Diesel driven Transport. Whether the Government has truly recognised a fair and equitable replacement for £35bn of annual Fuel Duty and VAT. The largest ever survey of road user opinion that back a series of recommendations from the APPG as to meeting the needs of reducing vehicle emissions without adopting the Government’s highly unpopular road user policies. A better way to lower vehicle emissions than using ineffective ‘Pay to Pollute’ policies and cliff edge vehicle sales bans. Doing nothing is therefore the worst, and most counter-productive, option of all. The current clean air agenda harms the poor, the economy, and aspects of the environment all at once. No responsible administration should tolerate or allow that, so we commend the recommendations listed here for the Government’s consideration and implementation. At the very least a constructive economic and science-based debate is called for. This ground-breaking report from the APPG for Fair Fuel for UK motorists and hauliers seeks to bring to the attention of decision makers that UK’s 37m drivers also want clean air to breathe. But at the same time to show that current Government policies for road users, whilst on the surface seem laudable, are instead set to be damaging for the economy and the Nation’s role in ‘helping out’ with global climate change.