Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024

In the future, the noise of vehicle engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory.

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".

City Hall said that phasing out all petrol and diesel cars by 2030 would help the government reach its objective, but stressed that it does not intend to ban vehicles.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo's office said the goals - which are more ambitious time-wise than a government plan to end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 - would be included in a new Paris climate plan.

Paris City Hall declines to call the move a "ban" on combustion-engine cars, but rather a deadline for making an exit. The statement added that Paris officials would keep discussing the issue with residents and vehicle makers in the coming months.

Many Parisians do not own cars, relying on extensive public transport systems and, increasingly, fast-burgeoning networks offering bikes, scooters and low-pollution hybrid engine cars for shot-term rental. It has instigated car-free days and restricted vehicles older than 20 years from entering the city.

In September 2016, Paris authorities made a decision to close a 2.2- mile downtown road and transform it into a promenade.

While fossil fuel emissions affect all of France and, indeed, the whole planet, Paris is a hotspot for particle pollution. "If we want to achieve it, we need to get out of petrol and diesel several years beforehand in urban areas, particularly in big cities", the city said.

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