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Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

Paris authorities plan to ban by 2030 all combustion-engine cars - including those fuelled by both diesel and petrol - an official at Paris City Hall said on Thursday.

Christophe Najdovski, chief of city's transport policies, said that fossil-fueled vehicles are one of main factors that led to greenhouse gas emissions.

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, . Paris has also instituted temporary auto bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by vehicle.

In a statement announcing the transition to only electric cars in Paris, officials made sure to clarify that the removal of all other types of cars by 2030 should not be interpreted as a ban but a "trajectory". 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.

Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years.

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Paris will encourage commuters who don't walk, bike or use public transportation to switch to electric cars.

Many Parisians don't own a auto but Hidalgo still has angered many of them with her efforts to make Paris a greener city, notably by adding cycling paths that have slowed vehicle traffic along the Seine River. Paris has already implemented a fairly controversial policy of not allowing vehicles older than 20 years old into the city, also a measure to reduce pollution.

France wants to ban internal combustion cars altogether by 2040.

Paris will host the Olympic Games in 2024. New owners can claim €6,000 ($7,100 USD) if purchasing an electric auto, or further increase their incentives to €10,000 ($11,800 USD) should they also arrange to have their old diesel vehicle scrapped alongside the purchase.


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