Just wondered how the ban on petrol and diesel car sales affects what we do here and if it is applicable to production cars only.
Thanks Kapri, great response.I see lots more in the statement than others ( as per usual) .
First thing is clarification of the actual wording not how it's being reported . Is it sales of new cars or registrations which has many other implications.
Won't affect me either way but don't forget the UN is commited to zero road deaths by 2050 which is driving the demand for autonomous cars, electric is just a smoke screen .
I can give the usual chapter and verse of how it will play out but I get tired of talking to myself so...yeah, it'll all be fine , we can carry on using our cars forever
That probably wont help, they could just make diesel for comercial vehicle use only (or have a "red diesel" type scenario where there will be dual fuel duty rates, one for comercial vehicles and one for private (they already have that for boats)Ironically, diesel might be easier to get hold of than petrol as heavy lorries and psvs will likely still have to be sold (and used for a long time) after 2030.
One only needs to look back over the last few years at London and the initial introduction of the congestion charge and how it actually worked for the first 6 - 9 months in reducing pollution (and congestion) - it didn't take too long to become accepted then willingly paid by many people, becoming a cash cow for TFL/HMG. With gradual increases over the following years, the subsequent introduction of the ULEZ zone (which ironically doesn't affect 'historics') we now have the scenario that TFL is effectively 'bust' and the much talked about/proposed extension of the congestion charge to encompass the north and south circular roads really seems inevitable - this time there will be minimal or no discount for anyone who lives within the extended zone.........financial implications for Londoners and others who live/work/travel within the zone are really significant. Question is will London residents take it?.............................What I think it will mean: ever increasing cost of fossil fuel, which will make our hobby significantly more expensive; imports and registering will be banned in and amongst; zones, possibly even whole cities, will be for EV only as will some lanes on roads; electric will become the majority vehicles; the huge cost to the normal man and woman in the street will see a chunk of people giving up cars altogether (they are banking on it); classics will be subject to all sorts of use restrictions.
Of course this will take some time, but manufacturers are being forced to tool up for electric and will want to see a return on their investment.
Could anything hasten the demise of our cars? Well, imagine a fatal crash involving an old car, with a large engine, marginal brakes and horror of horrors, no MOT. I don't think it would even matter whose fault it was once the redtop newspapers started throwing about headlines on "Old bangers (they love that phrase) with TEN TIMES (they love capital letters to make a point too) the stopping distance of today's cars, NO safety equipment like airbags or ABS and MASSIVELY POLLUTING engines.
If anyone thinks they couldn't take it all away in the blink of an eye, they haven't lived through the last nine months...who'd have thought in November 2019 we would ever be told by the state we would have to stay indoors, we were banned from seeing friends or family and even making dissenting comments about what was going on might get you a knock at the door from Plod.
I'm not making a political point about covid, just pointing out that, like life itself, we take the status quo for granted, with that warm comfortable feeling nothing will change, or if it does we will all be old and grey by the time it happens. I'm afraid that's not the pace of the world any more. We might have 20 years, it might be 10, but I suspect there's bugger all we can do to stop it. Enjoy while you can.