Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024

The move marks an acceleration in plans to wean the country off gas-guzzlers and switch to electric vehicles in a city often obliged to impose temporary bans due to surges in particle pollution in the air.

Paris city authorities said Thursday they aimed to phase out the use of diesel cars by the time the French capital hosts the Olympics in 2024, and petrol cars 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. "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.

Diesel-powered vehicles are actually set to be outlawed in Paris before their gas-powered equivalents.

Under the rule, only electric cars would be allowed in the city.

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It also touted its investments in public transit and bike lanes. He said the country intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, a decision he linked to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Her detractors accuse her of waging a war against cars.

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

Hidalgo has been seeking to reduce pollution with a series of measures.

And Paris City Hall called its third car-free day, banning automobiles in more than 40 square miles for most of October 3. By offering alternatives, we can do without a personal vehicle. Nitrogen dioxide levels dropped 25 percent, and noise levels dropped an average of 20 percent.

"Sensitizing residents to the need to modify their behavior towards the auto was part of the objectives of this day", the mayor's office said in a statement, adding that it was also meant to be a symbol "that cities can and must invent concrete solutions to fight air pollution caused by traffic".

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