Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Paris to Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles a Decade Ahead of Schedule

Paris to Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles a Decade Ahead of Schedule

Reuters reports that France's most-visited city will be banning non-electric cars as early as 2030, which is a full decade before the rest of France.

Plans to phase out internal combustion vehicles by foreign cities and countries have recently prompted calls for similar action in the U.S.; California governor Jerry Brown has called for the state to phase out sales of gas- and diesel-engined cars before the 2040 targets announced by France and the United Kingdom, citing China's commitment to bring about the same ban far sooner.

The mayor's office released a statement clarifying its aims after news outlets reported that the city was banning gasoline cars. Paris is already home to an electric car-sharing service, Autolib, which has become wildly popular since its launch in 2011 with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20 percent over a decade.

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.

Though advocates for auto owners have criticized her initiatives as being hostile to the working class, the Socialist mayor is intent on pushing her city's residents to get used to being less reliant on motor vehicles.

The city's efforts to cut carbon emissions from cars follow a rise in air pollution, with the air quality reaching an "alert threshold" past year according to the pollution-monitoring group Airparif.

"We are seeing a revolution in terms of mobility and on the issue of climate", Christophe Nadjovski, Paris deputy mayor in charge of transport and public space, told France Info Radio on Tuesday.

On Oct. 1, the city held "a day without cars", with the intention of making Paris "less polluted, more pleasant and more peaceful". The first car-free day, held two years ago, saw a 40 percent decrease in exhaust emissions. By offering alternatives, we can do without a personal auto.

"This government goal affects the whole French territory, rural zones included", the Paris City Hall statement said.

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