The 2030 fossil fuel car ban and what it means

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be allowed to be sold in the UK from 2030. We’ve put together this article to explain what this news means for you.


The ban on brand-new diesel and petrol cars, initially scheduled for 2040, is being moved forward to 2030. It’s part of the government’s plan to reduce the United Kingdom’s impact on climate change and generate more jobs.

To circumvent the significant causes of climate change, emissions will not only need to decline by half, they have to get to zero – known as net-zero – by the year 2050. 

The government put its signature to a legally binding agreement to reach this goal. Therefore, there’s no time to waste, and pushing the diesel and petrol ban forward by a decade may help get to the net-zero objective sooner. 

Now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed a ten-point proposal to do away with the UK’s contribution to climate change. He’s naming this the “green industrial revolution”.

So, how does this news impact you?

Well, don’t worry, the ban won’t impinge on you and your diesel, petrol, or hybrid (petrol and electric-powered) car for a while. The sanction only relates to the sale of brand-new diesel and petrol vehicles – and there are still ten years to go. Besides, with the Motability Scheme, leases usually last for three years, so you have no need for concern.

Electric vehicles (EVs) will eventually wholly replace fossil-fuelled transport. There are already some electrified cars on the Scheme, and far more will become available as we get towards 2030.

Indeed, sales of EVs have been growing this year, and the variety of cars has also been expanding. 


The Motability Scheme offers a selection of electric and hybrid vehicles, including the BMW i3 and Hyundai IONIQ. Use our Car Search tool to view the full list. 


Will there be enough charging points by 2030?

There have always been uncertainties around the UK’s infrastructure when debating EVs – especially when it comes to accessing charging points. 

However, the infrastructure is gaining momentum, with further rapid charging sites emerging and a growing number of homes being constructed with a built-in charging socket.

Furthermore, £4 billion has been earmarked by the Government to accomplish the ban – £1.3 billion of which is being devoted to EV charging points.

What about hybrid cars?

The sale of new hybrid cars won’t be outlawed from 2035. This isn’t set to change, so you will still be able to lease a new hybrid vehicle up until 2035.

Other countries

We aren’t alone in our plan to veto diesel and petrol vehicles. As well as the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany are proposing to bar new diesel and petrol car sales by 2030. There is a country that’s ahead of us all, though – and that’s Norway. It intends to have the ban in place by 2025.

Find out more

To learn about the Motability Scheme, to find out which cars are on the Scheme – electrified or otherwise – and vitally, which vehicle will suit your needs, please ask for your free information pack.

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