Paris to Ban Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030

A ban on petrol-fuelled vehicles marks a radical escalation of policy in the world's most visited city

A ban on petrol-fuelled vehicles marks a radical escalation of policy in the world's most visited city

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 city of Paris has already imposed car-free zones, car-free days, and fines for drivers who enter the capital city with a vehicle more than 20-years-old.

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, because the clock is really ticking.

Oxford, England, recently announced plans to ban non-electric cars from parts of the city by 2020. The Paris area will become diesel-free even faster, from 2024, while the general government has promised to cease ICE sales in the country by 2040.

Paris City Hall unveiled its vision in a statement this week, the latest in a series of bold initiatives created to reduce carbon emissions.

The country's strategy follows newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron vision to make France carbon-neutral by 2050.

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, .

Although more than 60 percent of Parisians do not own cars and rely on an extensive public transport system instead, the ban is a drastic move as Paris is the world's most visited city and will also host the Olympics in 2024.

California could, and will likely, lead the internal-combustion engine's decline in the U.S.

Ting will introduce the bill in January of 2018, and should it pass, the ban would be the first of its kind in North America.

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