Paris to ban combustion-engine cars by 2030


In the future, the noise of auto engines revving in the streets of Paris might be just a memory. Today, the Evening Standard reports that Parisian authorities announced plans to ban all combustion-engine cars, including those powered by gasoline, from the city's roads by the year 2030.

"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for the transportation policies in the mayor's office, "Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030".

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has already announced plans to remove all diesel cars from the roads of the French capital by 2024. These concerns have already led Paris to impose temporary driving bans, no-car zones, and restrictions on cars older than 20 years. Her detractors accuse her of waging a war against cars. Officials will discuss the issue with residents and automakers in the coming months, the statement said.

France is the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles sold in Europe, according to the Agence France-Presse, though hybrid and electric cars accounted for only 3.6 percent of new cars registered in Western Europe in 2016. Paris has also instituted temporary vehicle bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by auto.

Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Eiffel Tower in Paris France Enlarge

In September 2016, the authorities chose to close a 2.2-mile downtown road and transform it into a promenade. She has established bike paths and new bus lanes in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on cars.

The development comes after France announced this summer that it would end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 as a way of reducing pollution and reaching its emissions targets under the Paris climate agreement.

"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.

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