Paris to out­law all petrol ve­hi­cles by 2030

Fos­sil fuel cars face same fate as diesel to cut pol­lu­tion be­fore Olympics

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Rory Mul­hol­land in Paris

PARIS will deny all petrol­fu­elled cars ac­cess to its streets by 2030, in a move which comes on top of an ear­lier pledge to bar diesel ve­hi­cles by 2024, when the French cap­i­tal hosts the Olympic Games.

Only elec­tric-pow­ered cars will be al­lowed into the world’s most vis­ited city if the lat­est curbs on petrol ve­hi­cles – yet to be for­mally ap­proved – are en­forced.

The move was de­manded by Anne Hi­dalgo, the so­cial­ist mayor, although she has an­gered many Parisian driv­ers

‘Not a ban but a tra­jec­tory, which seems both cred­i­ble and sus­tain­able’

with her ef­forts to make the traf­fic-snarled cap­i­tal a much greener place, no­tably by adding hun­dreds of miles of cy­cle paths and pedes­trian-only stretches of the banks of the Seine, as well as or­gan­is­ing car-free days.

Ms Hi­dalgo in­sists the crack­down on com­bus­tion en­gines is needed to help end the rel­a­tively fre­quent surges in air pol­lu­tion that al­ready lead au­thor­i­ties in Paris to im­pose tem­po­rary, par­tial bans on cars.

Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s cen­trist gov­ern­ment has al­ready set a tar­get date of 2040 for an end to cars de­pen­dent on fos­sil fu­els and this will re­quire faster phase-outs in large cities, Paris’s city hall said.

“This is about plan­ning for the long term with a strat­egy that will re­duce green­house gases,” said Christophe Na­j­dovski, a deputy city mayor re­spon­si­ble for trans­port pol­icy.

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

The city hall was at pains to point out that its plans were not an at­tack on cars or a “ban” of any sort, ar­gu­ing that cars – elec­tric ones – will still be plen­ti­ful.

“The aim is no way for­mu­lated as a ‘ban’ by 2030, but as a tra­jec­tory which seems both cred­i­ble and sus­tain­able,” the state­ment added.

Paris was host city for the lat­est world­wide pact on poli­cies to tame global warm­ing and it had al­ready been eye­ing an end to diesel cars in the city be­fore the Olympics are held in al­most seven years’ time.

There are about 32mil­lion do­mes­tic-use cars in France, which has a pop­u­la­tion of about 66 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to 2016 data from the Ar­gus trade pub­li­ca­tion.

Most Parisians do not own cars but use the re­li­able and rel­a­tively cheap public trans­port net­work as well as in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar schemes that of­fer short-term bike, scooter or elec­tric car rental.

Many cities across the world are con­sid­er­ing mea­sures sim­i­lar to the ones planned in Paris. Only this week, Ox­ford un­veiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its cen­tre as part of the most rad­i­cal set of pro­pos­als yet brought for­ward in Bri­tain to curb pol­lu­tion.

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