Paris to ban combustion-engine cars by 2030

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2017

In the future, the noise of auto engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory. "Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers, so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, ".

In an attempt to battle the high levels of pollution in the French capital, the mayor's office had already announced a ban on diesel cars by 2024.

Many Parisians don't own a auto 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 Seine River. Today, the Evening Standard reports that Parisian authorities announced plans to ban all combustion-engine cars, including those powered by gasoline, from the city's roads by the year 2030. Her detractors have accused her of waging a war against cars.

City Hall said that phasing out all petrol and diesel cars by 2030 would help the government reach its objective, but stressed that it does not intend to ban vehicles. The statement added that Paris officials would keep discussing the issue with residents and auto makers in the coming months. Hidalgo also introduced car-free days and zones as well as a 20-mph (32 kph) speed limit throughout the city.

Hidalgo has been seeking to reduce pollution with a series of measures. New owners can claim €6,000 ($7,100 USD) if purchasing an electric auto, or further increase their incentives to €10,000 ($11,800 USD) should they also arrange to have their old diesel vehicle scrapped alongside the purchase.

Less than two weeks after Paris celebrated its third annual Day Without Cars, its mayor has decreed that the schedule for moving out fossil-fuel powered cars is moving up. "If we want to achieve it, we need to get out of petrol and diesel several years beforehand in urban areas, particularly in big cities", the city said.

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