Some drivers to be forced to drive 'five miles' to refuel under new law

Some drivers will have to drive FIVE MILES to refuel under new rules. Fuel stations may stop selling petrol and diesel to transition to electric charging bays, some motoring experts have warned, as the country pushes for net-zero.

Matt Finch, UK Policy Manager at Transport&Environment warns that widespread changes could happen within the next 15 years and predicts that some drivers and motorists will be forced to get “fuel delivered” by suppliers by the 2040s.

Speaking to The Express, Matt said: “I can see it turning into a specialised market. Petrol stations aren't going to suddenly vanish overnight, that's the thing to stress. They will just become fewer and fewer and fewer. It may be that your local supermarket where you always fill up because that's where you go doesn’t have petrol or diesel anymore but there is still one, three, four, five miles away.

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"Hypothetically there is a point, probably in the 2040s where you would have to go a long way or more likely you will get your fuel delivered by a specialist supplier. Which is exactly what happens to people who burn oil on their properties. It’s not a new thing we've been doing it for decades.

“But I suspect that’s what will happen in the future. You will have to call up and order a tank of petrol.” The UK government is due to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2035. This includes liquid petroleum gas or LPG.

The intention is to drive the transition from ICE to electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce the effect of fossil fuel powered driving on climate change, moving transport to a more sustainable future. The new rules don’t mean that all cars on the road have to produce zero CO2 emissions by 2035.

These rules don’t affect existing cars. If you buy a new car now, you can drive it until the end of its lifespan.