UK set to ban diesel lorry sales by 2040

Selling new diesel lorries could be made illegal in the UK from 2040 under Government plans due to be unveiled on Wednesday, according to a report in The Financial Times. The report says that according to people briefed on the proposals, plans will include public consultations on measures aimed at cutting pollution in the transport sector. Under one proposal the sale of smaller diesel trucks would be banned from 2035, and ones weighing more than 26 tons from 2040.

The Climate Change Committee has advised the Government that sales of diesel-powered HGVs should be phased out by 2040.

Europe’s largest truck manufacturers have already pledged to stop selling diesel HGVs by 2040.

The Department for Transport declined to comment.