UK Parliament Committee Wants to Ban All Private Cars and Trucks by 2050

Ronnie Schreiber
by Ronnie Schreiber
uk parliament committee wants to ban all private cars and trucks by 2050

If you’re any kind of a car enthusiast, or you just think the personal automobile is a terrific transportation device, this news has got to be chilling. The cross-party Science and Technology Select Committee of Parliament has issued a report that says that if the United Kingdom is to reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, private automobile and truck ownership must end.

Oh, and if you think your morally pure Tesla or some other EV is going to protect your privilege for personal transportation, no, the environmental Jacobins are coming for all privately operated motor vehicles.

To start with, the committee report says that, starting in 2035, the government should start banning the sale of all conventionally powered cars and trucks, including hybrids, “at the latest.” That, however, won’t be enough. The committee adds, “The Government should not aim to achieve emissions reductions simply by replacing existing vehicles with lower-emissions versions.”

That means that even pure battery powered EVs have got to go.

It’s quite simple, at least in the eyes of the select committee. You see, the manufacture of even zero-emission vehicles itself produces “substantial” carbon emissions as well engaging in other environmentally harmful practices. The only way to eliminate carbon emissions associated with the manufacture of private automobiles is to eliminate the manufacture, sale, and ownership of those private vehicles.

As the committee report puts it, “In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership therefore does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation.”

There was a time when American car enthusiasts looked to Europe for automobiles that car lovers could desire. Think of all the great British, French, Italian, and German marques. Now, many European cities want to ban cars from urban centers, the European Union wants to put a 112 mph speed limit on all cars, including exotics, and now a select committee of the British Parliament is seriously recommending effectively banning the automobile. William Lanchester, Henry Royce, Charles Rolls, William Lyons, W.O. Bentley, and Colin Chapman must be spinning faster than any of their engines ever did.

The relevant section of the report is below:

Plan for reducing vehicle emissions: The Government must bring forward the date of its proposed ban on the sales of new ‘conventional’ cars and vans to 2035 at the latest, and ensure that it covers hybrids too. In the near-term, the Government must reconsider the fiscal incentives for consumers to purchase both new and used vehicle models with lower emissions. The Government should also work with public services and owners of public land, such as schools and hospitals, to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle chargepoints, and introduce measures to ensure that chargepoints are interoperable, compatible with a smart energy system, reliable, and provide real-time information on their current functionality. Although ultra-low emissions vehicles generate very little emissions during use, their manufacture generates substantial emissions. In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership therefore does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation. The Government should not aim to achieve emissions reductions simply by replacing existing vehicles with lower-emissions versions.

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  • Joe K Joe K on Aug 27, 2019

    Isnt that like a good chunk of jobs and tax income?

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Aug 28, 2019

    It's like I keep telling ya jackwagons: electric cars aren't an environmentalist plot, they're the car industry's play to stay in the game given the emerging picture that the only truly sustainable cars might be no personal cars at all. Time to get our heads out of our arses and get on the EV bandwagon big-time. Promote them as the sensible alternative to a phase-out. Because the alternative isn't Hellcats forever, it's a bus pass.

    • -Nate -Nate on Aug 28, 2019

      You don't get it H.P. ~ We're Luddites and fossils by _choice_ - we don't want any damned battery operated vehicles until we're forced to accept them . It's simple, really : once they crack the battery nut so they'll drive all day long and not need to be charged until you get wherever you're going nothing will change . As soon as this hurdle is covered ICE vehicles will drop by the wayside, I hope this occurs after I'm dead . -Nate

  • Kwik_Shift Looks HyunKia-ish.
  • MrIcky Seems like TTAC writers really want a ford sedan. I remember all the wailing and gnashing of teeth when the fusion went away. It's not an interesting car except to journos and just not what the general population requires. Time to let go.
  • MrIcky Seems like a Mustang for Mustang fans to talk about with other Mustang fans. I just went to the Corvette configutor and built a 2LT Z51 for 79,540, a base 1LT is $65k. Both are arguably nicer, and certainly better performers than this. If a Mustang is going to play in that bracket it has to do something different to beef up the emotional appeal. The supercharger did that, the flat plane crank that revved to >8k (if they worked out the bugs) does that. A 'regular' Mustang V8 with some parts out of the Ford Catalogue doesn't seem to be worth the >60k range.
  • Kcflyer For anywhere over 60k I'm buying a C8 which will run rings around any mustang ever made. I'm a huge mustang fan but......sorry. Now show me a GT with the "good" manual discounted to 40 grand and we can talk.
  • Analoggrotto Somewhere out there a certain Obama couple is smiling.