>> Pumping gas is set to become a thing of the past in the UK. That's under plans to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel fueled cars by 2040, in a bid to clear up air pollution.>> We have to get rid of petrol and diesel cars off our road if we're going to make sure, not only that we deal with the health problems that air pollution causes, but also that we meet our climate change targets.
>> UK Environment Minister Michael Gove, announced the plans on Wednesday, saying the aim is to get petrol and diesel cars off Britain's roads altogether by 2050.>> Thick fog is widespread as we go to press.>> It maybe nearly 65 years since the great smoke of London brought the British Capital to a stand still.
But air pollution is still a major headache for the UK government. It's been under pressure to take measures to improve air quality after losing legal cases brought by campaign groups. Gove also said, 200 million pound will soon be made available to local authorities for schemes to restrict access to particularly polluted roads for diesel vehicles.
The reported move follows a similar announcement by the French government earlier this month. And companies have already been making the switch. German car maker, BMW said on Tuesday, it's a chosen its plant in the UK city of Oxford to produce another electric mini from 2019.>> Volvo Car Group will launch five pure electric models.
>> And early at this month Volvo, became the first traditional car manufacturer to set a date for phasing out vehicles solely powered by the internal combustion engine. From 2019 it's said, all it's newly launched cars would be electric or hybrids.