The Government of the UK has decided to bar the sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the country by 2030.

The announcement was made by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary and Business Secretary Grant Shapps.

The decision is part of Johnson’s plan to accelerate a greener transport future in the country in two phases.

In the first phase, the government will halt the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

In the second phase, the focus will be on ensuring that all new cars and vans are fully zero emissions at the tailpipe from 2035.

Shapps said: “The UK is going further and faster than any other major economy to decarbonise transport, harnessing the power of clean, green technology to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

“Bringing forward the phase-out date could create 40,000 extra jobs by 2030, particularly in our manufacturing heartlands of the North East and across the Midlands, and will see emissions reductions equivalent to taking more than four million cars off the road.

“We are also leading the charge when it comes to the transition to zero emission vehicles and today’s timely boost in funding builds on our world-leading £2.5bn package to encourage drivers to make the switch.”

The UK Government spent over £1.8bn in infrastructure and grants to improve access to zero-emission vehicles and promote a green economic recovery.

The government has also announced that it will be adding more electric vehicle charge points across the country.

It announced £1.3bn to accelerate the roll-out of charge points in homes, streets across the UK and on motorways across England.

To meet future demand, the government will provide grants to homeowners, businesses and local authorities to install charge points.

The government also agreed to help the sector transition towards zero-emission vehicles by encouraging and supporting new technology developments in the country.

The government has assured a total grant of £582m allocated towards those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles.