End sale of new petrol and diesel private vehicles

Other countries have already committed to ending the sale of petrol and diesel private vehicles. Jersey would be following in their footsteps. We have an inordinate number of cars on this island, and it needs to be reduced as quickly as possible 

Why the contribution is important

Private vehicle emissions are the largest source of carbon emissions on the island. Reducing these is vital to the government's low carbon strategy. In addition, it will improve air quality and therefore health and life expectancy. Finally, it will free up a certain amount of space currently used for carparks

by Siobhan on February 19, 2021 at 09:46AM

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  • Posted by TheResearcher February 19, 2021 at 18:21

    It's typical of Jersey Government to rely on other Governments to make these kind of decisions for them.

    UK and Ireland have made the decision, as have many other countries. Jersey should have immediately made the same decision as the UK following it's announcement, why didn't they? Was it because they were worried about how it would affect voting at the next election?

    For them it is far easier to leave it to the UK/EU etc to ban fossil fuel vehicles, which forces manufacturers to stop selling fossil fuelled vehicles in the UK/EU, which means Jersey doesn't get them. It's legislation by proxy.

    I have told The States that if they do not match the UK ban, then before that UK ban takes effect, hundreds or even thousands of new UK fossil fuel cars will be shipped to Jersey and offered at big discounts. We will become a dumping ground for the vehicles that UK buyers will no longer buy.

    Our Government will never achieve the carbon neutral target they set themselves, if they can't make the difficult decisions that need to be made, in order to make the public do what needs to be done.
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 19, 2021 at 18:37

    We need politicians to do the right thing and take decisive action over banning these damaging vehicles.

    It reminds me of the pussy-footing around that happened over the banning of smoking in public places. They knew what they had to do but delayed because they didn't want to lose smokers' votes.

    Our Island is particularly bad when it comes to vehicle pollution because average journeys are so short. The means that the vehicle's engine barely reaches operating temperature before it's turned off on reaching its destination, and as the first few miles of driving (from a cold start) use up to 42% more fuel than for the same distance driven once the engine is up to temperature, we simply burn more fuel and less efficiently, which is even more polluting.
  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 19, 2021 at 19:51

    Couldn't agree more.

    Jersey is so badly suited for ICE vehicles.
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