Paris wants to ban gas-powered vehicles by 2030

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Paris officials aren't calling the limitations on vehicles an outright ban, but rather masquerading it behind a hard cutoff where inefficient cars powered by an internal combustion engine would be phased out in favor of newer, greener technology.

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. Current owners of diesel cars will be allowed to continue to drive their vehicles in the city, the reports have suggested.

It said that from 2025 new registrations will only be possible for cars that emit less than 100 grams of Carbon dioxide per kilometer, which should enable Slovenia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9 percent from 2020 to 2030.

"Time is simply pressing", said Christophe Nadjovski, Paris's deputy mayor of transport, in an interview with the radio station France Info.

The French capital Paris said earlier on Thursday it would ban such cars in the city by 2030.

The move is, in part, a pollution-reducing effort. In response, Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo and government officials have approved "no-car zones, car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old", Reuters reported. "Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030".

The city's efforts to cut carbon emissions from cars follow a rise in air pollution, with the air quality reaching an "alert threshold" a year ago according to the pollution-monitoring group Airparif.

The government of the small southeast European country said it aimed for at least 17 percent of personal cars in 2030 to be electric and plug-in hybrid models. "That's my goal", said Hidalgo in an interview with Le Parisian on the city's anti-pollution measures.