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13 October 2017, 09:25 | Lena Norman
A ban on petrol-fuelled vehicles marks a radical escalation of policy in the world's most visited city
The French capital has already announced it will ban all diesel-powered vehicles from 2024, together with three other major cities, while President Emmanuel Macron's government has promised to ban all ICE-powered cars from the country by 2040. "This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases".
Diesel-powered vehicles are actually set to be outlawed in Paris before their gas-powered equivalents.
The mayor's office released a statement clarifying its aims after news outlets reported that the city was banning gasoline cars.
While fossil fuel emissions affect all of France and, indeed, the whole planet, Paris is a hotspot for particle pollution. "We're planning to press ahead with the end of fossil-based vehicles because quite simply we're running out of time".
The climate plan will be submitted to the Council of Paris for a vote in November.
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The city's efforts to cut carbon emissions from cars follow a rise in air pollution, with the air quality reaching an "alert threshold" previous year according to the pollution-monitoring group Airparif. By offering alternatives, we can do without a personal auto. A few months later, Parisconverted the lower quays along the Seine from motorways into promenades for pedestrians and cyclists.
On Oct. 1, the city held "a day without cars", with the intention of making Paris "less polluted, more pleasant and more peaceful". On the Champs-Élysées, noise levels dropped 54 percent.
And Paris City Hall called its third car-free day, banning automobiles in more than 40 square miles for most of October 3.
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