France, along with the United Kingdom, made headlines earlier this summer by announcing plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-engined cars by 2040, but it appears the city of Paris has an even earlier target in mind.
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.
"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", said Christophe Najdovski, head of transport policy in the administration of mayor Anne Hidalgo. The local authorities plan to "invest in the development of alternatives and in the reinforcement of financial aids that allow individuals and professionals to buy clean vehicles". Some pollution spikes have been so bad they forced City Hall to bar half of all cars from traveling and to make public transportation free for several days.
On the heels of France and the United Kingdom announcing plans to phase out sales of combustion-engined cars by 2040, the state of California is mulling a similar move much earlier than the 2040 target date, . He said the country intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, a decision he linked to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Furthermore, the city has already begun to dissuade older cars from entering the city using the most powerful motivator there is: Money.
Hidalgo has already implemented a number of measures to reduce air pollution from cars.
Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years.
On Oct. 1, the city held "a day without cars", with the intention of making Paris "less polluted, more pleasant and more peaceful". By offering alternatives, we can do without a personal auto. On the Champs-Élysées, noise levels dropped 54 percent. Officials will discuss the issue with residents and automakers in the coming months, the statement said.