Britain's Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, leaves 10 Downing Street after a cabinet meeting, in central London, Britain July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove said Wednesday.The step will likely accelerate the decline of diesel cars in Europe's second biggest market, where they are blamed for poor air quality.Gove also said the government would make 200 million pounds ($260 million) available to local authorities shortly for schemes to restrict diesel vehicles' access to polluted roads.Demand for diesel cars fell 10 percent in the first half of the year in Britain whilst sales of petrol vehicles rose 5 percent, according to industry data.
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