Authorities have announced plans to ban all cars with internal combustion engines in Paris by the year 2030, as part an initiative to make French city a carbon-neutral city by 2050. The move is an expansion of Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo’s earlier plan to ban diesel-powered cars by 2024, to now also include petrol-powered cars by 2030.
Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the office of mayor Anne Hidalgo, in a report published by Reuters, said:
“This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases. 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,”
The expanded ban coincides with the French government’s plan, with ecology minister Nicolas Hulot previously stating the country will ban the sales of petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles by the year 2040. Several other cities/countries have also decided to follow a similar path, including Britain, Madrid, Athens, Mexico City and most recently, Netherlands.
Paris City Hall have taken many steps to reduce the rising air pollution in the city, including restricting vehicles made before 1997 from entering the city centre as well as introducing car-free days.
The French government is also phasing out long-standing tax incentives for diesel from next year, in order to push customers to purchase more environmentally-friendly cars. In light of the imminent bans, electric cars have become a hot topic among carmakers, with many pledging to develop several zero-emission vehicles moving forward.