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New petrol and diesel cars to be banned

The Government has announced that new diesel and petrol cars will be banned from 2040.

The aim is to tackle air pollution, and there is no doubt that this is a problem which needs addressing.

The world is shrinking in some ways because of transportation, and the ability to get from A to B has never been easier.

You can easily jump in your car and drive anywhere in the country, if not the world.

The problem is that our cars give off a lot of pollution, and this is not only having a devastating impact on our planet, it is having a detrimental effect on our health.

Greenpeace estimate that 40,000 lives a year are claimed because of air pollution. This statistic is open to interpretation and difficult to quantify but if it is even remotely true, some serious measures need to be enforced in order to reduce the number.

It is a shame that it took a long legal battle and court case for the Government to come up with these plans.

Electric cars are undoubtedly the future, and the pace of development with this technology is incredible.

BWM is building an electric version of the Mini, while Volvo want to make all their cars have electric motors from 2019.

You would like to think that by 2040, electric cars would be able to perform just as well as normal cars do.

Currently, they are too much of a hindrance for people because of the amount of time it takes for them to be charged up at stations.

However, you would like to think that 23 years would give local authorities and Governments plenty of time to get this infrastructure problem resolved.

I am sure they will also perform just as admirably, if not better, than our current cars performance-wise.

The technology is getting there, now we have to get behind the idea from a psychological perspective.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40723581

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