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. It's not the only developed country that has such plans, as the Dutch also plan to ban all fossil fuel cars by 2030, and China already stated it would ban petrol cars 'in the near future'.
"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", Najdovski told France Info radio. City officials are often forced to issue temporary bans on gas- and diesel-powered cars in response to particularly bad surges.
Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years.
The city boasts a variety of public transportation options and new networks of bikes and scooters have become quite popular in recent years.
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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. Now she's adding gasoline-powered vehicles to her list. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said he wants to banish from France all fossil fuel cars by 2040.
However, Paris City Hall carefully avoided the word "ban" in the announcement and instead branded the timeline as a feasible phase-out period. It's also worth noting that Paris served as the host city of the global Paris Climate Accord, a pact to reduce carbon dioxide globally.
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There are about 32 million household cars in France, where the population is about 66 million, according to 2016 data from the Argus, an automobile industry publication.