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Diesel Cars By 2030 And Petrol Cars By 2035 To Be Banned By Brussels Region


Diesel powered cars would be banned by 20203 while petrol cars would be phased out completely by 20356 in the Brussels region, announced the regional government on Friday. It said that this was aimed to meet the carbon neutrality target of the European Union by 2050.
Vehicles running on compressed-natural gas, liquefied natural gas and hybrids will also be included in the by 2035.
"With this new step in the organisation of the Brussels low-emission zone, we confirm the region's desire to opt for a climate transition that is socially just," Rudi Vervoort, the president of the Brussels region, told a press conference on Friday.
The authorities also said that starting in 2025 and in 2028, use of diesel scooters and petrol ones will be banned from usage respectively while motorcycles using the fossil fuels will be allowed till 2035.
According to the Brussels environment agency, about 30 per cent of the total carbon dioxide emissions in the Brussels region is caused by road transport and this proportion has remained at a steady level since 1990.
This new banning plan will help to prevent 100 to 110 premature deaths per year linked to air pollution in Brussels while also helping in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions emanating from transportation by 56 per cent to 75 per cent by 2030, according to the new plan called "The Low Emission Mobility Brussels".
The Brussels government has also set a target of installing 22,000 electric chargers in the region while also making heavy investments in mobility which will include almost 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in public transport in 2021 for improving the offer and accessibility in order to compensate for the phasing out of fossil fuel cars.
The European Commission was called on by nine European countries back in March this year to set a date for banning of new petrol and diesel cars across the European Union so that the transport sector of the region is able to meet the climate goals of the EU.
As a part of a package of policies tougher CO2 standards for new cars in Europe will be imposed on July14 by the European Commission. This plan is designed to reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions in eth EU by at least 55% per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and drive achievement of the climate neutrality target of the EU by 2050.
In a separate development, German carmaker Volkswagen has said that it will stop selling combustion engines cars by 2035 in the European continent as the regions shifts to electric vehicles. The company will however do this for the United States and China later, a board of the company was quoted as saying in reports.  
"In Europe, we will exit the business with internal combustion vehicles between 2033 and 2035, in the United States and China somewhat later," Klaus Zellmer, Volkswagen board member for sales, told the Muenchner Merkur newspaper.
"In South America and Africa, it will take a good deal longer due to the fact that the political and infrastructure framework conditions are still missing."