British auto industry asks to postpone ban on gasoline and diesel cars

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The largest car manufacturers in Britain turned to the government with a request to postpone the introduction of a ban on the sale of cars with gasoline engines. It was reported by The Guardian edition on March 15.

According to plans of the government of Great Britain, the ban on sales of new cars and trucks with petrol and diesel engines will take effect by 2030 that is 10 years earlier than originally planned. This was opposed by BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren.

In their view, such an early entry into force of the ban could lead to a fall in sales and job cuts. According to estimates of the British Society of Car Manufacturers and Sellers, if the ban comes into force in 2030, car sales will fall from 2.3 million to 800 thousand units. If the ban is introduced five years later, sales will drop to about 1.2 million units, and with the ban in 2040, the figure will be about 2 million units.

On February 20, it was reported that car owners in Britain will receive £3,000 (more than $4,000) if they refuse to travel by car.

Cars with diesel and gasoline engines manufactured before 2016 and 2006, respectively, participate in the U.K. government program. The payments can be used for public transport, bicycles, electric scooters, cabs or carsharing.