Mayor Anne Hidalgo's call on Thursday for an end to petrol-fueled cars on Paris roads by 2030 follows a previously announced plan to eliminate diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics. 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.
Diesel-powered vehicles are actually set to be outlawed in Paris before their gas-powered equivalents. New owners can claim €6,000 ($7,100 USD) if purchasing an electric auto, or further increase their incentives to €10,000 ($11,800 USD) should they also arrange to have their old diesel vehicle scrapped alongside the purchase.
The move marks an acceleration in plans to wean the country off gas-guzzlers and switch to electric vehicles in a city often obliged to impose temporary bans due to surges in particle pollution in the air.
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. She has established bike paths and new bus lanes in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on cars.
Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years. As a result, the city temporarily alternated between banning cars with even- and odd-numbered license plates.
Though advocates for auto owners have criticized her initiatives as being hostile to the working class, the Socialist mayor is intent on pushing her city's residents to get used to being less reliant on motor vehicles.