Paris closes door to fossil fuel vehicles


The City of Lights plans to bring about a gradual phaseout of combustion-engine cars by the year 2030, avoiding calling it a "ban" but echoing steps already taken by the city government to reduce air pollution in the city, Reuters reports.

Soon, drivers will only have the option of using electric cars in Paris as authorities in the French capital have announced plans to remove all gas- and diesel-powered cars by 2030.

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

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. Najdovski stated that aim of this project was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Paris. 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. Paris has also instituted temporary vehicle bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by auto. Paris has already begun to fast-track this process by trying to simply keep cars out.

With all the planned bans on petrol and diesel cars announced lately, we are starting to witness different levels of government and jurisdictions outdoing themselves. The mayors of Paris, .