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

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According to French local authorities, Paris has made a decision to cease all internal combustion engine-powered vehicle sales by 2030, looking to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050.

The ban on petrol-fueled, or gasoline-engine vehicles as they are known in the United States, marks a radical escalation of anti-pollution policy.

Speaking on France Info radio, the Paris deputy mayor in charge of transport, Christophe Nadjovski, said "we have planned the end of thermic vehicle use, and therefore of fossil energies, by 2030". The move is an expansion of Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo's earlier plan to ban diesel-powered cars by 2024, to now also include petrol-powered cars by 2030.

The move from Paris City Hall comes as little surprise.

The city boasts a variety of public transportation options and new networks of bikes and scooters have become quite popular in recent years.

Hidalgo has been seeking to reduce pollution with a series of measures. City officials are often forced to issue temporary bans on gas- and diesel-powered cars in response to particularly bad surges.

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".

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

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

Paris will host the Olympic Games in 2024. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said he wants to banish from France all fossil fuel cars by 2040. Accounting for more than 40% of the total market, diesel cars have been pointed out as a major source of pollutants and NOx emissions.

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