UK election: Conservatives to ban combustion engine cars by 2050

Theresa May’s party wants to introduce new MOT rules that would require zero-emission powertrains.

The Conservative party has revealed plans to ban combustion engine cars from Britain by 2050.

In its election manifesto, Prime Minister Theresa May’s party said it would work to make almost all cars in the UK zero-emission vehicles, but when contacted by Autocar, it added that this included making zero-emission powertrains a requirement for cars to pass their MOTs.

This would effectively ban them from the road from 2050. It says allowances could be made for classic cars, but that cars purchased new would have to conform to the legislation.

The plans are designed to cut emissions generated from road transport, something that’s been a hot topic with the recent emissions scandal and the UK’s poor performance in Europe for emissions.

The Liberal Democrats party has take an even stronger stance, pledging to ban the sale of diesel cars from 2025 if it wins the election. Labour has refrained from announcing any bans, instead focusing its efforts on encouraging the uptake of cleaner transport.

Recent polls show the that the Conservatives are the party most likely to win the summer election, meaning its 2050 plan is on course to be implemented.

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