Fleet decision-makers are split over when the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans should be phased out, or whether it should happen at all.

Half (50.4%) of respondents to a Fleet News poll said they were against the Government introducing a ban on fossil fuels.

However, almost a third (31.2%) said they wanted a more ambitious target than the current Government’s policy of making all cars and vans zero-emission capable by 2040.

Respondents were evenly split between the target being brought forward from 2040 to 2030 (16.2%) or the stricter target of 2025 (15%).

The latest sales figures, however, show the scale of the change needed to address even the less ambitious 2040 target.

Fewer than one in 10 (8.7%) of all new cars sold year-to-date are classed as alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Two-thirds (65.4%) of new car registrations were petrol, while one in four (25.8%) were diesel – down from one in three (31.7%) in 2018.

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