2030 ban too soon, say drivers

A new survey has found that 60% of UK drivers think 2030 is too early to stop selling petrol and diesel cars.

The survey of 2,000 drivers carried out by Opinium on behalf of InsuretheGap also found that almost half of drivers (47%) are holding onto their cars for longer than usual because they are unsure whether to buy a petrol, electric or diesel car. This rises to 58% of under 34s.

Half of drivers (49%) are holding onto their current car because of the shortage of new cars as well as the high price of second-hand cars, particularly under 34s (57%), compared to over 55s (44%).

Meanwhile, two fifths of drivers (40%) also say that if they were buying a new or new second-hand car), they don’t know whether to choose petrol, electric or diesel.

Ben Wooltorton, InsuretheGap.com, said: “It’s a difficult time for anyone looking to change their car. Many people won’t be comfortable with an electric car until their fears around charging and range anxiety are addressed. The shortage of new cars and high price of second-hand cars also make it a very expensive decision to make at the moment. It comes as no surprise then that people are holding on to their current car for longer than they usually would.”