Sales of all new diesel lorries will be banned by 2040.
The target is announced today to coincide with transport day at Cop26.
It means sales of new non-zero emission HGVs weighing 26 tonnes and under will be banned from 2035. Heavier vehicles will be banned from sale from 2040.
Only specialist lorries, such as military or emergency services vehicles, will be exempt.
Rod McKenzie of the Road Haulage Association said: ‘We support the aim, but the pace may be impossibly fast. We would like the deadline extended by five years.’
The sale of new diesel HGVs will be banned from 2040 in a new eco push announced today
But Olly Craughan, head of corporate social responsibility at parcel delivery firm DPDgroup UK, said the firm ‘totally supports’ the government announcement.
He added: ‘We would urge all parties involved in the supply of alternative green HGVs to press the fast forward button on their development plans so businesses like ourselves can make the transition as soon as possible.’
Last November, the government announced sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030.
For plug-in hybrids it’s 2035. The date for HGVs had yet to be set.
A new universal design for on-street electric vehicle chargers is also officially unveiled today.
Ministers say they could become as iconic as the Great British post box, London bus or black cab as thousands more on-street chargers are rolled out ahead of the 2030 cars target.
Only specialist lorries, such as military or emergency services vehicles, will be exempt
There are currently around 25,000 to 26,000 on-street chargers in the UK.
But the motor industry says more than 1.7million are needed if the 2030 target is to be met. It estimates 2.8million will be needed by 2035.
The electric vehicle charge points will be showcased at COP26 and have been designed by the Royal College of Art and PA Consulting.
The concept prioritises ease of use and was designed with input from consumers, local government, accessibility groups and industry.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘From our roads to the skies, the transition to zero emission transport has reached a tipping point.
‘We know that transport plays a key role saving the planet from warming above 1.5C, which is why this is the COP that will kick start our ambition for zero emission aviation and why I’m proud to be uniting world leaders to tackle climate change – creating new opportunities for clean growth, green jobs, and improved air quality right across the globe.
‘To support the transition to EVs, it’s integral that we have the infrastructure to support it. My vision is for the UK to have one of the best EV infrastructure networks in the world, with excellent British design at its heart.’