Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2017

Paris officials aren't calling the limitations on vehicles an outright ban, but rather masquerading it behind a hard cutoff where inefficient cars powered by an internal combustion engine would be phased out in favor of newer, greener technology.

Paris is set to ban all petrol and diesel-fueled cars by 2030.

"Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030", Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the mayor's office, said.

Paris City Hall unveiled its vision in a statement this week, the latest in a series of bold initiatives created to reduce carbon emissions. Paris has already implemented a fairly controversial policy of not allowing vehicles older than 20 years old into the city, also a measure to reduce pollution. Paris has also instituted temporary auto bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by vehicle. Paris is already part of a group of cities that includes Madrid, Mexico City and Athens that plan to end the use of diesel-engined cars by 2025, collectively representing metropolises that are home to 42 million people.

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Cities across the globe have announced similar plans in recent months to reduce or eliminate gas- and diesel-fueled cars.

The latest to impose a timeline for the extinction of traditional gas and diesel cars are the city of Paris and the entire country of Holland. Electric cars will not be affected by the ban.

California state Assemblyman Phil Ting plans to introduce a new bill to ban fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2040. Accounting for more than 40% of the total market, diesel cars have been pointed out as a major source of pollutants and NOx emissions.

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