Great Britain

Michael Gove refuses to answer question on cost of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars ban eight times

GOVE DIESEL DODGE

MICHAEL Gove yesterday dodged repeated calls to say how much the Government ban on sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 will cost.

He was asked eight times to reveal the likely bill for overhauling the UK’s road infrastructure to introduce electric charging points.

But the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster’s reply was: “Ultimately, these things will be decided by an interplay of market forces and the cost of resources.”

Speaking on talkRADIO, Mr Gove added: “It will be a net saving.”

Campaigners have blasted the Government for failing to cost the policy of banning fossil fuel motors — most of which will be paid for by motorists.

Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK, said: “The political worship at the altar of Greta Thunberg has become an embarrassment, with the Government making uncosted decisions regarding the future of our road transport.”

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders described the policy as a “date without a plan”.

And the Institute of Economic Affairs suggested the environmental impact of electric cars had yet to be established.

Dr Richard Wellings said: “The Government has failed to address adequately the challenges of rolling out extensive charging infrastructure across the country.”

Michael Gove fails to answer simple question on the cost of new electric car infrastructure EIGHT times

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