October 12, 2017 09:55 CET
PARIS – Authorities in Paris plan to ban by 2030 all combustion engine cars, including those fueled by both diesel and gasoline, an official at Paris City Hall said.
“This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases,” said Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the office of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
“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 on Thursday.
The French capital, which will host the Olympic games in the summer of 2024 and was host city for the latest worldwide pact on policies to tame global warming, had already been eyeing an end to diesel cars in the capital by the time of that event.
But a ban on gasoline-fueled vehicles marks a radical escalation of policy in the world’s most visited city.
Cars that run on electricity would not be affected.