Ox­ford to ban petrol, diesel cars

Paris hopes to go fos­sil-fuel-free by 2030

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES TRENDS -

Lon­don: The univer­sity city of Ox­ford has un­veiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its cen­tre as part of the most rad­i­cal set of pro­pos­als so far in Bri­tain to curb pol­lu­tion.

Whilst Lon­don is rolling out an “ul­tra low emis­sion zone”, which will see the most gas-guz­zling ve­hi­cles pay daily charges to en­ter the city cen­tre from 2020, Ox­ford’s “Zero Emis­sion Zone” will ban emit­ting ve­hi­cles from en­ter­ing part of the city cen­tre from that date.

Since Ger­man car­maker Volkswagen ad­mit­ted in 2015 to cheat­ing US emis­sions tests, politi­cians around the In

its lat­est ini­tia­tive to re­duce air pol­lu­tion, Paris City Hall wants gaso­line-powered cars off the roads by 2030. The con­tro­ver­sial move an­nounced on Thurs­day fol­lows mayor Anne Hi­dalgo’s plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Sum­mer Olympics. Speak­ing on France Info ra­dio, the Paris deputy mayor in-charge of trans­port, Christophe Nad­jovski, said, “We have planned the end of ther­mic ve­hi­cle use, and there­fore of fos­sil en­er­gies, by 2030.” Many Parisians don’t own a car but Hi­dalgo still has an­gered sev­eral peo­ple with her ef­forts to make Paris a greener city. Paris has faced ris­ing air pol­lu­tion in the last few years. Some pol­lu­tion spikes have been so bad they forced City Hall to bar half of all cars from trav­el­ing and to make pub­lic trans­porta­tion free for sev­eral days. world have un­veiled plans to clamp down on diesel ve­hi­cles in a bid to im­prove air qual­ity. “Ev­ery­one needs to do their bit to end this pub­lic health emer­gency,” said city coun­cil board mem­ber John Tan­ner.

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