Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Paris plans to banish all but electric cars by 2030

Paris plans to banish all but electric cars by 2030

Paris has revealed its plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles in the city by 2030.

Paris will step up its crackdown on polluting vehicles by banning all petrol-fuelled cars from the city's streets by 2030, the mayor's office has said.

"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", transport official Christophe Najdovski told France Info radio, according to a report from Reuters.

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

Although more than 60 percent of Parisians do not own cars and rely on an extensive public transport system instead, the ban is a drastic move as Paris is the world's most visited city and will also host the Olympics in 2024.

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Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years.

Paris City Hall unveiled its vision in a statement this week, the latest in a series of bold initiatives created to reduce carbon emissions.

When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who can not afford newer cars.

Diesel-powered vehicles are actually set to be outlawed in Paris before their gas-powered equivalents. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said he wants to banish from France all fossil fuel cars by 2040. These concerns have already led Paris to impose temporary driving bans, no-car zones, and restrictions on cars older than 20 years. 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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