Following the Government’s decision to ban new diesel or petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) sold after 2040 as part of a plan to decarbonise the transport sector, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has described the announcement as “optimistic but completely unrealistic”.

Gordon Balmer, PRA executive director said, “We welcome the Government’s good intentions for decarbonising transport, however they have to be based on what is achievable. 

“Alternatives to diesel such as electric and hydrogen have not yet been developed to a point where they can be sold into the commercial freight sector. You cannot legislate your way to inventing cleaner technologies. Without a roadmap, this is a mere aspiration.

“Whilst PRA members are supportive of the principle of decarbonisation, there needs to be a realistic and well thought out plan to support these proposals, including how refuelling infrastructure will support alternative fuels such as hydrogen”.

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