The 2030 Combustion Engines Ban

Home » Uncategorized » The 2030 Combustion Engines Ban

As part of the UK government’s 10-point green recovery plan which is set out to create a caron neutral UK by 2050; the sale of all new fully combustion engines will be banned from 1st January 2030. There are some slight exceptions however, such as new plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids, if they can achieve the “significant” zero-emission distance, they will remain on sale until 2035.

The plan outlines that the government will invest more than £2.8 billion to help facilitate the transition. This will be split down into £1.3 billion for charging points across England within homes, streets and motorways. Grants costing £582 million will be offered, to make the transition and ownership of both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) more affordable for everyone. While £525 million is being set aside to build further nuclear power plants to meet the inevitable growing demand and pressures PHEVs and EVs will bring. Lastly, £500 million will be used to create and design longer lasting batteries within UK gigafactories and enable mass production.


Why Are We Facing A Ban?

According to The Department of Transport, at the end of March 2021 there were 38.6 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain, with petrol cars making up the majority. Petrol trucks and vehicles emit carbon dioxide (CO2) from their exhaust pipes which is said to be one of the main ‘greenhouse gases’ linked to climate change. The Climate Change Act, as revised in 2019, committed the UK to cut greenhouse gases to ‘net zero’ by 2050. While diesel trucks and vehicles emit less CO2, they do produce nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which have been linked to various respiratory and heart related illnesses.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes “My 10-point plan to get there will mobilise £12bn of government investment, and potentially three times as much from the private sector, to create and support up to 250,000 green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.” The ban is expected to “turn the UK into the world’s number one centre for green technology and finance, creating the foundations for decades of economic growth.” Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

Is Your Fleet Ready?

This target date currently only applies to the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles. There are currently no plans published by the government which outlaw the use or sale of second-hand, used vehicles. Meaning, any current petrol and diesel vehicles are still able to be used and be road legal beyond 2030. With the expected lifespan of a diesel vehicle being around 14 years, you will probably still see them on our roads until approximately the middle of 2040.

However, due to the environmental impact of this there could be changes elsewhere to be aware of to allow for this. For instance, where you can drive, and charge increases in areas such as Birmingham and London who have introduced low or ultra-low emission zones.

Cromwell Trucks are notorious for being one of the UK’s leading used truck dealers, buying and supplying used both diesel trucks and petrol trucks, vans and other commercial vehicles. With their purpose-built 4-acre site, they are able to offer customers assistance with all of their transport needs, seven days a week across the UK.

Combustion Engines



Based at our four-acre site in Stonnall, near Walsall in the West Midlands, Cromwell Trucks is open seven days a week and sells only the very best second-hand trucks. We have a huge stock of used trucks and pre-owned commercial vehicles at our base, which means the truck of your dreams is right here waiting for you.

Cromwell Trucks has been selling quality used trucks from all the major manufacturers, like DAFIvecoMitsubishi, and Hino, for the past 65 years. We are a reputable used truck dealership and pride ourselves in selling a wide range of trucks, from scaffold trucksbox vans, and cranes to ex-council trucksskip loaders, and tipper trucks.


Whether you are in the construction business looking to upgrade your fleet of vehicles or a landscape gardener desperate for a more reliable and dependable truck, Cromwell Trucks will find the ideal truck for you.

When you buy a used vehicle for sale from Cromwell Trucks you are guaranteed to be buying the best-used vehicle around. Our skilled, passionate, and professional automotive team tests every single truck that enters our yard before it’s placed for sale on the website, ensuring your next vehicle is fully functional, roadworthy, and has plenty more life in the tank yet.

Our vast turnover of stock can sometimes mean not all vehicles are currently on-site or featured on our website. That is why we recommend you call us for availability or to enquire about any specific used vehicles. As well as our knowledgeable sales team we have a truck engineering department to meet individual requirements. Please be aware we usually have duplicates and variants of most of the used trucks featured.

For the best used DAF commercial vehicles, Iveco trucks, scaffold lorriestipper trucks, or ex-council vehicles for sale, contact us on 01922 663686.

Our Manufacturers