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Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

Reuters reports that France's most-visited city will be banning non-electric cars as early as 2030, which is a full decade before the rest of France.

Paris has committed to end all internal combustion engine-powered vehicle sales by 2030, the local authorities have revealed, in aim to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050.

The controversial move follows Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics. She has established bike paths and new bus lanes in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on cars. Currently, diesel cars account for about 40 percent of total new auto sales in France and the local automakers are among the best on the diesel market. "This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases". "We're planning to press ahead with the end of fossil-based vehicles because quite simply we're running out of time".

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




Less than two weeks after Paris celebrated its third annual Day Without Cars, its mayor has decreed that the schedule for moving out fossil-fuel powered cars is moving up. "That's my goal", said Hidalgo in an interview with Le Parisian on the city's anti-pollution measures.

"If we want to achieve it, we need to get out of petrol and diesel several years beforehand in urban areas, particularly in big cities", the city said.

There are about 32 million household cars in France, where the population is about 66 million, according to 2016 data from the Argus, an automobile industry publication.

Meanwhile, Oxford has also announced it will restrict diesel and gas cars from its center and is set to become the first United Kingdom city to do so.


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