Paris plans to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 12, 2017

Christophe Najdovski, who is in charge of transport and roads at the City Hall, said on Thursday that it was "high time" to get the ball rolling on the ban, not least considering the threat of Paris's notoriously high air pollution level.

This would follow the proposed ban on diesel vehicles that is planned to be rolled out in 2024.

"Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030", Mr Nadjovski told France Info radio. Hidalgo also introduced car-free days and zones as well as a 20-mph (32 kph) speed limit throughout the city.

The decision is made easier for Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo by the fact that over 60% of Parisians do not own a vehicle.

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.

Paris officials are confident that the ban on all combustion-engine cars wouldn't be too hard to implement.

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