Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

The French government is looking to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 it has said

The French government is looking to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 it has said

In an attempt to battle the high levels of pollution in the French capital, the mayor's office had already announced a ban on diesel cars by 2024. "This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases". She has established bike paths and new bus lanes in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on cars. Christophe Najdovski, one of Paris's transportation officials, told the radio station France Info, "Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030".

When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who can not afford newer cars.

Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years.

Paris is planning to ban all but electric cars by 2030. In response, Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo and government officials have approved "no-car zones, car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old", Reuters reported.

Paris City Hall issued a statement Thursday emphasizing that officials plan to keep discussing the idea with residents and carmakers in the coming months, but called the tentative 2030 deadline "a feasible and realistic" goal, according to the AP.

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While fossil fuel emissions affect all of France and, indeed, the whole planet, Paris is a hotspot for particle pollution.

"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.

On the heels of France and the United Kingdom announcing plans to phase out sales of combustion-engined cars by 2040, the state of California is mulling a similar move much earlier than the 2040 target date, .

According to 2016, re are 32 million vehicles in France with 66 million inhabitants.

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