Banning petrol and diesel private car ownership would do 'more harm than good'


Readers have hit back at the proposals they warn would “take away more rights and freedoms”. The backlash comes after a Government transport minister called for the country to move away from private car ownership to low carbon shared mobility ahead of the 2030 petrol and diesel car ban.

Trudy Harrison said the country needs to move away from “20th Century thinning centred around private vehicle ownership”.

Instead, she has called for “low carbon shared transport” to become the go-to option for travel. 

However, Express readers warned the plan would create a logistical headache outside of London and impact many people’s daily lives.

Express reader Adab 80 added: “Totally silly idea taking away more [people’s] rights and freedom.

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“Twenty-four-hour services, 24-hour taxis, all services within a short distance from where you live.

“Go outside the M25 and things are very different.

“Go further out and things differ again, nearest hospital 25 miles, specialist hospital 40 miles, GP five miles, bus service – caters for cities 30 and 20 miles away.”

Other readers have warned the new proposals were a “sign of the lack of joined-up thinking” in Government.

“And someone thinks they won’t take your car away?

Sandflea said: “Just a further sign of the lack of joined-up thinking at the heart of the Government.

“Of course the wealthy will [be] able to afford the predictable punitive taxes that will be brought in to achieve this dystopian restriction that will further divide our society.”


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