Most of the Ministry of Transport’s cars still run on diesel despite the government’s green plan
More than half of the cars used by the government department leading to the transition to greener alternatives to fuel still run on diesel, figures have revealed.
Of the 1,234 cars operated by the Department of Transport (DfT), 672 use diesel, 63 gasoline, and the rest are electric or hybrid, data obtained from the BBC broadcast.
Sales of new diesel and gasoline cars will be banned from 2030 as part of efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
The transition is supported by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, which is part of the DfT.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps urged drivers to go electric on World Electric Vehicle Day last week.
But Norman Baker, former Lib Dem transport minister and member of the Campaign for Better Transportation, said the government should lead by example and abandon the ‘don’t do what I do, do what I tell you “.
“Ministers cannot on the one hand tell people to do something and on the other hand do something else themselves,” he said. The independent.
A spokesperson for the DfT said the department is committed to switching to cleaner and greener vehicles in line with the targets.
The government has pledged to cut emissions from more than 40,000 cars and vans by 2027.
“The department and executive agencies have already exceeded the target for 2022, with 31% low-emission vehicles, and are working towards the 2027 target,” said the DfT spokesperson.
The new figures show that 54 percent of DfT vehicles run on diesel, while 29 percent are plug-in electric hybrids, 9 percent are mild hybrids and 3 percent are electric-only.
Of the vehicles for which the ministry is responsible, 970 are used by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and 96 cars to transport ministers and officials.
Of 112 departmental cars, 15 percent run on diesel and about 30 percent on gasoline, while 27 percent are hybrids and 29 percent are fully electric.
The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency had the highest proportion – 84% – of diesel vehicles.
Mr. Baker asked why the government would need tens of thousands of cars.
“Most of these cars should go,” he said. “Why don’t they take the metro? They should take public transport; it is good and perfectly safe. They should lead by example.
Earlier this year, MPs warned that the government had not yet done enough to prepare for the “huge challenge” of phasing out all new gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Only 11% of new car registrations were for “very low emission vehicles” in 2020.
The conclusions of the DfT fleet came just months before Cop26, a major United Nations climate conference to be held in Glasgow in November.