Government’s transport decarbonisation plan to be delayed because it ‘lacks ambition’

The Government’s transport decarbonisation plan has been delayed after it ‘lacked the ambition’ to meet targets, including the 2030 ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean told MPs in a Westminster debate that she was not happy with the draft plan. She said: “I am not satisfied with the draft because it does not meet the ambition we need in order to reach those incredibly challenging targets,” according to a report by Fleet News.

The plan is the first time the UK will lay out its approach to decarbonising every form of transport and is an essential part of achieving the legal requirement for net zero emissions by 2050 and the Climate Change Committee’s sixth carbon budget.

Ms Maclean told MPS that the Government is developing three key policy documents over the course of 2021.

“The first is a delivery plan that will set out key Government commitments, funding and milestones… for the 2030 and 2035 phase-out dates. It will deal with the question whether we will have a zero-emission vehicle mandate,” she said.

An infrastructure strategy will set out the “vision and action plan” for the charging infrastructure roll-out that is needed to achieve the phase-out date successfully and accelerate the transition to zero emission transport, said the report.

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