Considering the effect of poor air quality on people’s health, Britain has decided to follow suit shortly after France revealed a similar intention. Amid fears from the rising levels of nitrogen oxide, Britain has unveiled its plan to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 as part of the ambition to reduce the risk that nitrogen oxide poses to public health.
This decision is in line with the government’s target to achieve air quality which has been a legal case for sometime now. A government spokesman said:
Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. This is why we are producing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious $4b programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.
The government is in full support to take in hybrid cars because of the hazard caused by the poor quality of people’s health and is in fact perceived to be the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.
In retrospect, Ministers are considering placing charges on vehicles to enter designated clear air zones. Nevertheless, the government fears that this move to tax or punish motorists may stir a negative reaction by the masses. So, this may come as a last resort.
The other consideration may be to change road layouts, reprogramme traffic lights and alter features such as roundabouts and speed humps. These measures will prevent cars from repeatedly slowing down and speeding up , which almost doubles the amount of harmful gasses they pump out. This plan comes after a draft report that environmental lawyers have described as much weaker than hoped for.
Michael Gove, the environment secretary is hopeful that this innovation(which has seen month of legal dispute) will be accepted when he finally publishes the final document.
Health researchers have emerged with the assertion that nitrogen dioxide increases the risk of strokes, heart attacks and asthma attacks. Meanwhile, the number of diesel cars on Britain roads has skyrocketed from 3.2 million in 2000 to more than 10 million today since the slash of fuel duty on diesel cars.
However, it turns out that that reducing the fuel duty only helped promote diesel cars. The way forward to promote a healthy environment will be to encourage the public sector to buy cleaner vehicles and implement strict measures on parents who leave their engine running during the school run.
What’s in for the Nigerian car market? The oil sector has experienced a crash in crude oil leading to loss in profit which has consequently resulted in many losing their jobs. With a complete ban of petrol cars, this may not augur well for the Nigerian oil sector. On the good side, I believe there will be a great fall in the prices of cars and consequently, every business man may become a car dealer.