“We don’t have the power to ban petrol or diesel-powered cars, Scottish transport minister tells stunned energy conference

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon does not have power to ban petrol powered cars.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon does not have power to ban petrol powered cars.

Scottish Transport minister Humza Yousaf has admitted that the Scot-Govt does not have the power/s to enforce its ‘hope’ to ban the sale of traditional internal-combustion vehicles (ICEVs).

The ‘ban’ on the sale of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2032 was unexpectedly announced last year by Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister in a move seen as ‘green’ one-upmanship over then (then) British prime minister David Cameron’s plan to do likewise by 2040.

But Yousaf  stunned the audience at a power conference last week in Glasgow when he confessed this is not actually possible.

He said: “We (aka Scot-Govt) don’t have the legislative powers to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars,” and theb added:

“But it is always better to have ambitious targets – even if they are not achievable.”

His admission follows strong suggestions from the Scottish Motor Trade Association that licensing of cars through the UK DVLA is not a power devolved to Holyrood MPs from Westminster.

Meanwhile, Energy MPs on the Westminster parliament’s  Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee are tomorrow holding a meeting to investigate issues relating to charging infrastructure as part of its inquiry into the development of the market for battery-powered electric vehicles (BPVs)

MPs will also consider the experience of the development of infrastructure in Scotland with the Energy Saving Trust.

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