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Transport Minister questioned on Government’s progress on phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars

18 June 2021

MPs on the Transport Committee are to question the Department for Transport on the Government’s progress towards phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and for all new vehicles to have zero emissions by 2035.

Purpose of the session

Rachel Maclean MP, the responsible minister, will appear at the Committee’s third evidence session for its inquiry into zero emission vehicles and road pricing.

The Government has committed to delivering several policy documents in the coming months which sets out how it intends to achieve the transition to zero emission vehicles: a delivery plan; an electric vehicle charging infrastructure strategy and a Green Paper on the UK’s post-EU emissions regulations. The Committee will explore the Department for Transport’s objectives and priorities.

The likely topics for discussion include:

  • The availability and affordability of zero emission vehicles
  • The Government’s approach to rolling out charging infrastructure across all regions
  • Progress on delivering Project Rapid along the strategic road network
  • How the transition to electric vehicles fits into the Government’s wider transport decarbonisation strategy.

This will be the final session on this element of the inquiry before the Committee continues with road pricing in the Autumn.

Witnesses

Wednesday 23 June

At 9.30am

  • Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Department for Transport
  • Richard Bruce, Director (Job-Share), Environment & Future Mobility at Department for Transport

Further information

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