Last reviewed 18 March 2021

After the launch of the new bus strategy for England, the Government has announced a consultation on ending the sale of new diesel buses which invites views on the exact year of withdrawal.

Recently published by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), that consultation can be found — here, with a deadline for submitting comments of 11 April 2021.

While the consultation highlights that UK bus operators have invested over £1.3 billion in cleaner and greener buses over the last five years, it also notes that most of these vehicles are hybrid or gas-powered and only around 2% of England’s bus fleet is fully zero emission as of 2021.

Given that the phase-out date for ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans is set for 2030 and as transport is currently the largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions, 27% in 2019, the DfT and OZEV stress that initiatives such as the one under discussion are vital if the UK is to meet its zero emission ambitions.

They are therefore welcoming submissions with regard to the necessary conditions for a successful transition to a full green bus fleet, the possible barriers to achieving this goal and what measures will be required by the Government and others to support this phase-out.

Please also see our associated article on the launch of the new bus strategy — (New bus strategy is most ambitious reform in a generation).