Comment on Labour transport plans

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on today’s speech by shadow business secretary John Reynolds MP in which he set out Labour’s transport proposals, Colin Walker, Head of Transport at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said:

“The second-hand market is where over 80% of car sales take place. The price for a used EVs is now often little more than a petrol equivalent, but it can save its owners over £1200 a year in total running costs. The measures proposed could give families reassurances they need to make a used EV their next car and so cut their motoring costs.

“Restoring the original 2030 phase out set out by the Government is supported by many more people than oppose it. It only affects the sales of new, not second hand cars and means that hybrids filled with petrol or diesel are still available to buy out to 2035.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Polling in August 2023 for ECIU showed that the public back the original 2030 petrol and diesel car phase out date. Nearly half (46%) of respondents said that the Government should keep the date, even if it means new petrol and diesel cars won’t be available after 2035:

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