The U.K.’s deadline for killing off vehicles powered by fossil fuels keeps moving earlier — and could now be just 12 years away.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is seeking to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 to meet its goal for net zero emissions by the middle of the century.

That’s three years earlier than the 2035 date Johnson announced last week, and eight years earlier than the 2040 deadline announced just two-and-a-half years ago.

“The Prime Minister last week has said we would like to do that by 2035 at the latest,” Shapps told BBC Radio 5 Live. “We have said 2035 or even 2032.”


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