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".
Receiving great applause from climate advocates, Paris officials announced a new goal on Thursday to ban gas-powered cars from its streets by 2030.
"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", said Christophe Najdovski, who is responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. "So we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030". Currently, diesel cars account for about 40 percent of total new auto sales in France and the local automakers are among the best on the diesel market. Authorities say that more than 60 percent of Parisians don't own a vehicle.
Also in July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that no more gasoline and diesel-powered cars would be sold in the whole of France by 2040.
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Hidalgo has already implemented a number of measures to reduce air pollution from cars.
Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years.
Meanwhile, Oxford has also announced it will restrict diesel and gas cars from its center and is set to become the first United Kingdom city to do so. As a result, the city temporarily alternated between banning cars with even- and odd-numbered license plates.
"Sensitizing residents to the need to modify their behavior towards the vehicle 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".