Consultation asks when to end the sale of new non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles within the UK

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A new consultation by Department for Transport seeks views on when to end the sale of new non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) within the UK.

Views are sought specifically on:

  • when to end the sale of new non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the UK
  • whether to increase the maximum permissible weights for zero emission and alternatively fuelled HGVs completing domestic journeys

According to the government, transport is the largest contributor to domestic UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for 27% of emissions in 2019.

Within transport, HGVs are second only to cars and vans in terms of total GHG emissions.

The proposed phase-out dates for the sale of new, non-zero emission HGVs in this
consultation reflect ‘what is needed for the UK’s HGV fleet to deliver its contribution to
net zero by 2050.’

Department for Transport seeks views on the following phase out dates for new non-zero emission HGVs:

  • 2035 (or earlier if a faster transition seems feasible) for vehicles weighing
    from 3.5 tonnes up to and including 26 tonnes.
  • 2040 (or earlier if a faster transition seems feasible) for vehicles greater than 26 tonnes.

The end of sale dates for new non-zero emission HGVs will be enforced through the green paper on a new road vehicle CO2 emissions regulatory framework for the United Kingdom.

Ending the sale of new non-zero emission HGVs is part of the recently published plan to decarbonise transport.

This consultation closes at

More information about this consultation is available on the UK Government website.