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Paris Seeking To Eliminate Diesel And Gasoline Vehicles By 2030

The streets of Paris could get a lot quieter as Mayor Anne Hidalgo is calling for the city to eliminate diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2030.

According to NPR, the move would push the city's 2.2 million residents to use public transportation, electric vehicles, or bicycles. The announcement won't sit well with everyone but its builds on a previous plan which sought to eliminate diesel-powered vehicles from the city ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Paris officials are refusing to call the plan a ban on gasoline and diesel vehicles as the city said "no measures of prohibition or sanction are included in the new Climate Plan Air Énergie Territorial de Paris."

The city also says the plan builds on the Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition's announcement to phase out "thermal vehicles" in 2040. As the city explained, the timeline suggests gasoline and diesel vehicles will disappear from big cities by 2030 and then be phased out in "rural areas" a decade later.

The plan will be voted on in November and the city doesn't believe it will have a huge impact on residents as more than 60 percent of them don't own a vehicle.

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