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Petrol and diesel vehicle ban by 2040

By Emily Beament

New diesel and petrol cars will be banned from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution, the Government is expected to announce.

A £255m fund is expected to be unveiled to help councils speed up local measures to deal with pollution from diesel vehicles, as part of £3bn spending on air quality.

The measures are set to be included in a court-mandated clean air strategy the Government is due to publish today, just days before the deadline set by the High Court.

The expected move to ban petrol and diesel vans and cars follows similar plans announced in France this month and amid increasing signs that the shift to electric vehicles is accelerating.

Yesterday, BMW announced plans for an electric Mini to be assembled at its Oxford plant, while earlier this month Volvo unveiled its moves towards cleaner cars.

The Government was ordered to produce new plans to tackle illegal levels of harmful pollutant nitrogen dioxide after the courts agreed with environmental campaigners that a previous set of plans were insufficient to meet EU pollution limits.

Despite efforts to delay publication of the plans, ministers set out the draft plans in May, with the final measures due by July 31.

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