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New petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2040

Today the UK government announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040

Just five years ago there were just 70 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles on Welsh roads, but in 2016 there were more than 1,700 of them.

New petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2040 Credit: PA

Today's plan to deal with roadside emissions from dirty diesels is just the start of the government's wider ambition to clean up UK air.

Watch Owain Phillips' report:

Air pollution is linked to around 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK, and transport also makes up a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions.

In Cardiff, two major road (A48M and A4232) have been found as being ‘localised hot spots’ for air pollution.

The Welsh Government say Wales are leading the way when it comes to developing clean technologies.

We continue to call on the UK Government to accelerate delivery of its commitment to decarbonise the transport network, including incentivising the shift to low emission vehicles and more sustainable methods of transport and remain disappointed by the UK’s broken promise over electrification of the main line to Swansea.

Wales is already leading the way in developing clean technologies for the automotive sector. For example we have invested in Toyota's Deeside engine plant for the manufacture of the latest hybrid engine and committed £100m over the next ten yeas in a new Automotive Technology Park in Blaenau Gwent that can capitalise on new opportunities opening up in the sector. The Welsh Government will be keen to work with the UK Government to explore the opportunities for Wales to be at the forefront of electric battery design and manufacture over the next few years.

– Welsh Government spokesperson