Paris aims to ban gasoline-powered cars by 2030

FILE - In this Oct.1 2017 file photo, people watch a dancing performance on the champs Elysees avenue during the "day without cars", in Paris. In its latest initiative to reduce pollution, Paris City Hall is planning to ban gas-powered cars by 2030. The controversial move follows Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics.(AP Photo/Thiabult Camus, FILE)
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People watched a dance performance on the Champs Elysees on Oct. 1, a Sunday that was proclaimed a "day without cars.”

PARIS — In the future, the noise of car engines revving in the streets of Paris might be just a memory.

In its latest initiative to reduce air pollution, Paris City Hall wants gasoline-powered cars off the roads by 2030. The move, announced Thursday, follows Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics.

Speaking on France Info radio, the 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.’’


Many Parisians don’t own a car, yet Hidalgo has angered many of them with her efforts to make Paris a greener city, notably by adding cycling paths along the Seine River, which has slowed vehicle traffic. Her detractors accuse her of waging a war against cars.

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Wary of those critics, City Hall issued a statement Thursday insisting the 2030 deadline isn’t an outright ban but ‘‘a feasible and realistic’’ goal. Officials will discuss the issue with residents and automakers in the coming months, the statement said.

Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years. Some pollution spikes have been bad enough to prompt City Hall to temporarily bar half of all cars from the city and make public transportation free for several days.

To reduce pollution, Hidalgo has launched a program banning traffic from the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue once a month, introduced rental bicycles in the streets, and made available a fleet of electric cars to encourage residents to leave polluting vehicles at home.

In September 2016, the authorities decided to close a 2.2-mile downtown road and transform it into a promenade. A year later, however, the agency measuring air pollution said the move had no significant impact on residents’ exposure to carbon emissions citywide.


With her plan to take gasoline-powered cars off the roads, Hidalgo wants to go faster than the French government. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said he wants to banish all fossil-fuel cars from France by 2040.

‘‘This government goal affects the whole French territory, rural zones included,’’ the Paris City Hall statement said. ‘‘If we want to achieve this, it implies that the end of diesel and gasoline should take place several years in advance in urban areas, and particularly in big cities.’’