"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", said Christophe Najdovski, who is responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Now from 2030, only electric cars will be permitted in the world's most visited city.
Paris city authorities said Thursday they aimed to phase out the use of diesel cars by the time the French capital hosts the Olympics in 2024, and petrol cars by 2030. The statement added that Paris officials would keep discussing the issue with residents and vehicle makers in the coming months.
Paris officials aren't calling the limitations on vehicles an outright ban, but rather masquerading it behind a hard cutoff where inefficient cars powered by an internal combustion engine would be phased out in favor of newer, greener technology.
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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 shot-term rental. A year later, the body measuring air pollution said the move had no significant impact on residents' exposure to carbon emissions across the whole city.
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. The decision won't cover electric vehicles. "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.