Paris to Ban Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030

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.

Paris has committed to end all internal combustion engine-powered vehicle sales by 2030, the local authorities have revealed, in aim to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050.

Diesel-powered vehicles are actually set to be outlawed in Paris before their gas-powered equivalents.

The move marks an acceleration in plans to wean the country off gas-guzzlers and switch to electric vehicles in a city often obliged to impose temporary bans due to surges in particle pollution in the air.

"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", transport official Christophe Najdovski told France Info radio, according to a report from Reuters.

The move, announced Thursday, follows Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics.

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Furthermore, the city has already begun to dissuade older cars from entering the city using the most powerful motivator there is: Money.

After an atmospheric phenomenon known as inversion occurred last March, "the pollution levels in Paris briefly topped those of Beijing", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reported. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said he wants to banish from France all fossil fuel cars by 2040.

Hidalgo has already implemented a number of measures to reduce air pollution from cars. As a result, the city temporarily alternated between banning cars with even- and odd-numbered license plates.

On Oct. 1, the city held "a day without cars", with the intention of making Paris "less polluted, more pleasant and more peaceful". The statement added that Paris officials would keep discussing the issue with residents and vehicle makers in the coming months.

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

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