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New petrol and diesel vehicle sales ban excludes motorbikes

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

The government has confirmed the sales ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 won’t apply to motorcycles, scooters or mopeds.

As part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘Ten point plan’ for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’, he confirmed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.

This is five years earlier than expected and 10 years ahead of the original deadline.

Under the plans, the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe would be allowed until 2035.

Parliamentary under-secretary for the Department for Transport, Rachel Maclean, today added that the government’s plans to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 does not include motorcycles, scooters or mopeds.

Maclean said: “Recognising that the market for plug-in motorcycles is still at an early stage of development, grant funding for zero emission two wheelers is available until 2023 alongside other plug in vehicle grants.

“Purchasers of eligible mopeds and motorcycles can receive a grant of 20% up to a maximum of £1,500 to reduce the up-front purchase price and take advantage of the lower running costs.”