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Years of inaction is no excuse for binning deadlines for petrol and diesel cars

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Thursday 27 July 2023 18:39 BST
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Electric cars recharge at a Tesla charger station on 15 February, 2023 in Corte Madera, California
Electric cars recharge at a Tesla charger station on 15 February, 2023 in Corte Madera, California (Getty)

Years of inaction is no excuse for binning the current deadlines for petrol and diesel cars as well as gas boilers.

People are becoming more interested in buying electric cars but are put off by lack of charging facilities and the high purchase price. Both can be sorted if one wants to encourage the take-up of electric cars, but this government has done little in this respect.

Likewise, modern houses in the UK are built to regulations of far lower standards than those of any other northern European country. If you want new houses not to use gas boilers then they should, firstly, have better insulation and ventilation to ensure they are not too expensive to run. Secondly, ground-source heat pump development should be encouraged and their installation subsidised. The current air source heat pumps are a noisy second-best option.

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