BP has joined calls to bring forward a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars in Britain. The London-listed oil major said that the ban “can, and should, be brought in sooner than 2040”, which is the present target.

The government held a consultation this year on proposals to change that deadlione to 2035 or sooner and is preparing to publish its decision.

“Whether that is 2035, 2032 or 2030, we are up for it — and, importantly, up for the measures and supporting policies to boost electrification and hydrogen in transport that would make it possible,” Bernard Looney, BP’s chief executive, said.

BP operates about 7,000 electric vehicle charging points in the UK and has said that it plans to install more


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