Paris to ban all petrol cars from the city by 2030 in pollution crackdown – Telegraph.co.uk

“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 fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030,” he told France Info radio.

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 in the city.

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

Paris was host city for the latest worldwide pact on policies to tame global warming, and had already been eyeing an end to diesel cars in the city by the time the Olympics are held in 2024.

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

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

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