2019 General Election
A Parliamentary deadlock means the UK is holding its third General Election in the last five years, with Boris Johnson's Conservatives facing off against Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, while a number of smaller parties fight to have their voices heard. There's no doubt that Brexit is the main issue on the agenda but this is a General Election, not a referendum, so all matters of policy are up for debate, including those relating to motoring.
- They will make a £28.8 billion investment in strategic and local roads.
- Boris Johnson has said if he is elected he will invest £1 billion in completing a fast-charging network to ensure that everyone is within 30 miles of a rapid electric vehicle charging station.
- They will consult on the earliest date to phase out the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars, while minimising the impact on drivers and businesses.
- And finally they will support clean transport to ensure clean air, as well as setting strict new laws on air quality.
- The Conservatives have committed to ending new sales of combustion engine vehicles by 2040. Labour will aim for 2030.
- Labour will position the UK at the forefront of the development and manufacture of ultra-low emission vehicles and will support their sale. They will invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and in electric community car clubs, this will accelerate the transition of our public sector car fleets and our public buses to zero-emissions vehicles.
- Labour will remove the five-year surcharge on electric vehicles with a list price of over £40,000 purchase in 2020-21 and 2021-22
The Liberal Democrats' leader Jo Swinson has tried to position her party as the obvious choice for those wanting to keep the UK inside the EU, with plans to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit without holding a second referendum. One motoring policy the Lib Dems do have planned, though, is to bring the 2040 ban on the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars forward to 2030, as part of plans to expedite the UK's move to net decarbonisation. Accelerate the rapid take-up of electric vehicles by reforming vehicle taxation, cutting VAT on EVs to 5 per cent and increasing the rate of installation of charging points, including residential on-street points and ultra-fast chargers at service 47 stations. They will Introduce a nationwide strategy to promote walking and cycling, including the creation of dedicated safe cycling lanes
- End the sale of new petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2030. Over the next ten years we will ease this transition by incentivising the replacement of diesel and petrol vans, lorries and coaches with electric vehicles. Our priority is reducing overall mileage and the number of vehicles on our roads - these further measures will ensure that the vehicles still on our roads.
- Civilise our streets by making Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (in which rat-running is blocked) the norm for residential areas and making 20 miles per hour the default speed limit.
- Make 40 miles per hour the default speed limit in non-residential areas except on major roads.
No specific commitments
No matter who ultimately gets the vote and the honour of running this country, what we can say is that Brexit or No Brexit, the United Kingdom is looking to change the face of the motoring industry as we know it. Be prepared for the all electric revolution. Share on: Useful Links Personal Car Lease Deals Business Car Lease Deals Car Leasing Manufacturers
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12th of December 2019