Paris hopes to ban gas cars in city by 2030

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD - By Sa­muel Petrequin The As­so­ci­ated Press

PARIS — In the fu­ture, the noise of car en­gines revving around the streets of Paris might be­come just a mem­ory.

In its lat­est ini­tia­tive to re­duce air pol­lu­tion, Paris City Hall wants gaso­line-pow­ered cars off the roads by 2030. The con­tro­ver­sial move an­nounced 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 many of them with her ef­forts to make Paris a greener city, no­tably by adding cy­cling paths that have slowed ve­hi­cle traf­fic along the river Seine. Her de­trac­tors have ac­cused her of wag­ing a war against cars.

Wary of those crit­ics, Paris City Hall is­sued a state­ment Thurs­day in­sist­ing the 2030 dead­line isn’t a proper ban but “a fea­si­ble and re­al­is­tic” goal. The state­ment added that Paris of­fi­cials would keep dis­cussing the is­sue with res­i­dents and car mak­ers in the com­ing months.

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.

Hi­dalgo has been seek­ing to re­duce pol­lu­tion with a se­ries of mea­sures.

She has launched a pro­gram ban­ning traf­fic from the famed Champs-el­y­sees Av­enue once a month, in­tro­duced ren­tal bi­cy­cles in the streets as well as a fleet of elec­tric cars to en­cour­age res­i­dents to leave their pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles at home.

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