Last reviewed 18 May 2022

The Government has responded to the results of a consultation launched in July 2021 which invited comments on when to end the sale of new non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) within the UK.

Available — here, the document gives details of the 92 consultation responses which the Department for Transport (DfT) received.

The DfT has now published a further call for evidence on HGVs and HGV use cases that could justify being exempt from the 2035 phase-out date for the sale of new, non-zero emission HGVs weighing 26 tonnes and under. The new consultation can be found — here — and responses are required before the deadline of 22 July 2022.

This latest document recognises that some vehicles may need until 2040 to transition to zero emission technologies. These may include:

  • vehicles carrying heavy or abnormal loads

  • vehicles which have an additional power draw

  • vehicles which spend most of their time operating in specialist or remote areas

  • HGVs which are used in long-haul applications.

These vehicles would still be subject to the 2040 end of sales date, when all new road vehicles sold in the UK must be zero emission.

The announced HGV phase-out dates will apply to the sale of new, non-zero emission vehicles in vehicle categories N2 and N3 as defined in Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2018/858, as it applies in Great Britain. These are motor vehicles with a maximum mass exceeding 35 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes (N2); and those with a maximum mass exceeding 12 tonnes (N3).

The phase-out dates will not apply to the sale of new buses and coaches.