Most-polluting vehicles may be pulled from UK this year, carmakers say

Manufacturers breaching individual CO2 targets to pay fine for every gram over their limit, multiplied by cars sold that year

Most-polluting vehicles may be pulled from UK this year, carmakers say
Average carbon dioxide emissions of almost all new cars sold in 2020 and 2021 must fall below 95g a kilometre.

High-emission SUVs could be pulled from the UK’s new car market, the automotive industry has warned.

Under new EU rules, average carbon dioxide emissions of almost all cars sold in 2020 and 2021 across the single market, including the UK, must fall below 95g a kilometre, with heavy fines for carmakers that miss individual targets designed to meet the goal.

The heavier, fuel-inefficient SUVs favoured by UK drivers have been offset by the smaller, less polluting cars preferred in countries such as Italy.

However, after Brexit – when the UK plans to copy EU rules – this will no longer be the case, making a UK-only limit harder to hit.

“It could be that you see a reduction in consumer choice”

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: “[Carmakers] will have to look at their model mix … you’ve got to see whether that’s economic.

“The fines are going to be severe and all of them will do everything they can to avoid that.

“It could be that you see a reduction in consumer choice through the removal of higher-emitting vehicles from not just the top end, but particular segments.”

Vehicle manufacturers breaching individual CO2 targets will pay fines of £83 for every gram they are over their limit, multiplied by the number of cars sold that year.

According to SMMT data, average UK emissions were 127.9g a kilometre in 2019, 35 per cent above the 95g target for 2020 and 2021.

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Government figures show that cars account for just over 18 per cent of UK emissions.

Action in the transport sector is considered crucial to cutting emissions to 51 per cent of 1990 levels by 2025 and to reach net zero by 2050.

The carbon dioxide emissions of cars sold to British consumers rose for the third year in a row in 2019.

It’s thought that an imminent Brexit at the end of January will force carmakers to make choices before the end of 2020, when the implementation period is scheduled to end and the UK-only limits kick in.

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    Peter Miles
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    Range Rovers to go then? I can’t say I’d be sorry to see it, most of them are unnecessary and take up too much space anyway.

    #190159 Reply
    Dougal
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    These limits are a good idea we should introduce them.
    However the size of the penalty should be our decision.
    Too high and too sudden will destroy our manufacturers, too low and fuel guzzlers will be dumped in our market by European manufacturers.

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    S.jeffers
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    So practically the whole line of diesel >2.0 and anything performance so if you want a car in the very near future it will be electric cost 25k that’ll do the industry a world of good 👍 not and now we’re talking about brake pollution 🤦🏼‍♂️ Heat and friction are a by product of braking even in a electric motor

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    perlito
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    all fuel guzzling, dirty emission cars should be banned or stopped altogether, however, our electronic devices could help reduce emissions, save fuel and increase engine power.

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