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Hybrid car owners given ‘kick in the face’ by Boris Johnson’s petrol and diesel ban


HYBRID car owners have been given a “kick in the face” by plans to include them in a ban of petrol and diesel vehicle sales, motoring groups say.

The PM yesterday lumped the eco motors in the block on new car sales by 2035.

Tens of thousands of drivers were encouraged to buy hybrid models as they were said to be more environmentally friendly.

But they were warned last night that Boris Johnson’s step will see resale values fall as the ban nears.

Motoring groups reckoned it was akin to the 2001 decision by then PM Gordon Brown to offer tax breaks on diesel cars.

It later emerged diesel motors were responsible for an increase in air pollution, which saw their value slump.

The AA’s Edmund King said: “Many people then felt disappointed as they felt they had done the right thing for the environment.

"So it is history repeating itself — people have bought hybrids in good faith. It is a kick in the face for those people who thought they were doing a good thing.”

The criticism came as Michael Gove repeatedly dodged calls yesterday to say how much overhauling the UK’s road infrastructure to introduce electric charging points will cost.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster would only tell talkRADIO: “Ultimately, these things will be decided by an interplay of market forces and the cost of resources.

“It will be a net saving.”

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