Ban the import of fossil fuel vehicles

Jersey should ban the importation of fossil fuel vehicles whilst allowing vendors to sell their current stock. 

Fossil fuel vehicles can still be used, maintained and sold on the second hand market until they're unsafe to do so.

The date for this should be set into the future to allow current instructure to catch up with the changes required.

an exception could be made for certain classic cars and certain commercial vehicles.

Why the contribution is important

Fossil fuels are a major source of pollution. 

by pietea on February 03, 2021 at 09:32PM

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  • Posted by ellhop February 03, 2021 at 22:25

    Agree with this but there needs to be alternative options made more accessible to more people. Electric cars are unaffordable for many currently so there needs to be some kind of tax break/subsidy /greater incentive for greener vehicles and perhaps tax on the large numbers of high emission vehicles to help fund these subsidies.
  • Posted by Laura February 03, 2021 at 22:39

    Agree with ellhop.
    Linked to transport, how about cheaper insurance for those registered with electric/hydrogen fuel cars?

    How about an electric car scheme to reduce the initial outlay that some people cannot afford. Maybe even suited to those in town where parking is already difficult. A carpark dedicated to electric cars that you can “rent as you go”. You don’t pay for parking, you only pay for the time you use it and when you park it back up, you plug it in ready for the next user. Similar to the E bike idea but with cars. This idea obviously requires more thought around plausibility, just thinking big and bold to get the ideas flowing!
  • Posted by Chos February 04, 2021 at 08:59

    @Laura this scheme already exists over here it’s called Evie. Managed and owned by the same people that run the Evie bikes.
    There are electric cars available for short term hire from the Library, Esplanade and Parade. New developments such as Randall’s next to the Parade will have additional car club scheme parking spots. St Helier residents many have a car but struggle to find parking for it. The car club schemes could be increased so that residents can ditch their cars all together and then just use the car club cars when needed. This will save them money on parking, insurance, petrol, the initial cost of a car, servicing etc. We could therefore also see a huge reduction in the overall numbers of cars in St Helier due to the shared ownership model.
  • Posted by TMcK February 05, 2021 at 13:20

    I think that is a great idea. I also think more needs to be done to reduce the amount of cars on our roads. Perhaps a limit on cars per household, improved public transport, and increased cycle lanes
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 05, 2021 at 19:20

    Yes, electric cars are more expensive to 'buy' at the moment (although prices are set to fall), but when you consider the cost of ownership, they're actually cheaper.

    As an example, the petrol Hyundai Kona is about £10k less than the electric version, but after just 4 years, its value is less than half that of the electric, its servicing costs are almost 50% more and its fuel costs 330% more!

    If you chose to sell the electric version after 4 years, it's high 'up front' price is totally outweighed by its much higher resale value and its lower running costs. It works out over £1k cheaper, and that doesn't take into account that currently in Jersey, the electric version would qualify for half price parking!

    What's not to like? ;-)

  • Posted by TheResearcher February 07, 2021 at 21:11

    Used EV's are also becoming more available, which gives people that can't afford new a choice.

    The companies below will source a used EV from the UK to the specification and price required. (just use Autotrader to find roughly what you want and then tell them) They already bring over used, low mileage EV's and have several in stock. Freelance will also bring over vehicles from their Guernsey garage, so if you see an EV is listed as being at their Guernsey garage, don't ignore it. Freelance brought a Nissan Leaf over from Guernsey for me in 2018.

    Freelance EV Zone
    Bagot Garage
    EV Sales (St Peter's Technical Park)
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 08, 2021 at 13:06

    Prices of electric vehicles will fall. But this may take 3 or 4 years. In the mean time, you need to look at use. Nothing is worse than commuter traffic, and a free bus service and and far more expensive parking potion is needed. All day(commuter) parking needs to double in cost, private and States free spaces need to be taxed or employees charged at the same rate.
  • Posted by TheResearcher February 24, 2021 at 20:30

    If Washington State can do it, why are Jersey politicians still sitting on their hands?

    Washington State Bill Aims to Mandate EV-Only Sales by 2030

    Clean Cars 2030 bill advancing through legislature could phase-out sales of light-duty ICE vehicles.

    A Washington state bill aims to mandate that all new light-duty vehicles sold or registered by 2030 be electric, with a few exceptions such as for emergency vehicles.[…]/
  • Posted by TheResearcher March 03, 2021 at 18:21

    This is worth watching, and passing around.

    The Dirty Truth about Combustion Engine Vehicles | An 'Open Source' Animation

    Fully Charged Show
  • Posted by TheResearcher March 12, 2021 at 17:42

    "JT vehicles to go all electric within next few years"[…]ctric-within-next-few-years
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