The Financial Times has claimed that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expects to announce next week a ban on the selling of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, five years earlier than previously expected.
As part of attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Britain had originally intended to ban the selling of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040, and Johnson pushed this forward to 2035 in February.
Citing unnamed industry and government figures, in a speech on environmental policy he is scheduled to give next week, the FT said Johnson now planned to shift the date forward again to 2030.
A similar proposal was stated by the BBC earlier on Saturday, without providing any sources.
A spokeswoman from Downing Street refused to comment on the news or the quality of the upcoming speech by Johnson.
The FT said some hybrid cars that use a combination of electric and fossil fuel propulsion and could still be sold until 2035 were not supposed to be protected by the new schedule.