End of road looms for fuel-driven cars in Paris

The Mercury - - BUSINESS REPORT INTERNATIONAL - Brian Love

PARIS au­thor­i­ties planned to ban­ish all petrol- and die­sel­fu­elled cars from the world’s most vis­ited city by 2030, said Paris City Hall.

The move marks an ac­cel­er­a­tion in plans to wean France off gas-guz­zlers and switch to elec­tric ve­hi­cles in a city of­ten obliged to im­pose tem­po­rary bans due to surges in par­ti­cle pol­lu­tion in the air.

Paris City Hall said yes­ter­day that France had al­ready set a tar­get date of 2040 for an end to cars de­pen­dent on fos­sil fu­els and that this re­quired speed­ier phase-outs in large cities.

“This is about plan­ning for the long-term with a strat­egy that will re­duce green­house gases,” said Christophe Na­j­dovski, an of­fi­cial re­spon­si­ble for trans­port pol­icy at the of­fice of mayor Anne Hi­dalgo.

Com­bus­tion

“Trans­port is one of the main green­house gas pro­duc­ers, so we are plan­ning an exit from com­bus­tion en­gine ve­hi­cles, or fos­sil-en­ergy ve­hi­cles, by 2030,” he told France Info ra­dio.

The French cap­i­tal, which will host the Olympic Games in the sum­mer of 2024 and was host city for the lat­est world­wide pact on poli­cies to tame global warm­ing, had al­ready been eye­ing an end to diesel cars in the city by the time of the Olympics.

Paris City Hall, al­ready un­der at­tack over the es­tab­lish­ment of no-car zones, car­free days and fines for driv­ers who en­ter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old, said it was not us­ing the word “ban” but rather in­tro­duc­ing a fea­si­ble dead­line by which com­bus­tion-en­gine cars would be phased out.

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

Many Parisians do not own cars, re­ly­ing on ex­ten­sive public trans­port sys­tems and, in­creas­ingly, fast-bur­geon­ing net­works of­fer­ing bikes, scoot­ers and low-pol­lu­tion hy­brid en­gine cars for short-term rental.

The ban on petrol-fu­elled ve­hi­cles marks a rad­i­cal es­ca­la­tion of anti-pol­lu­tion pol­icy. – Reuters

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