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Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens to ban diesel cars


Four major cities of the world offer to refuse diesel cars and connect to eco cars by 2025. In 10 years, Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens will ban all diesel cars and trucks, and all vehicles with the traditional type of fuel will be outlawed in those countries. Yet, it’s not clear yet whether the restriction will be full or partial.

Speaking at C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, authorities of these capitals decided to prohibit exploitation of vehicles with diesel engines within C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, according to The Guardian.

The publication says the countries are choosing such extreme measures to minimize environmental pollution and significantly reduce emissions into the atmosphere. Authorities of the countries proposed use of alternative modes of transport, and promised to support those who will change convenient cars for electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles.

All four countries have declared that they intend to bid, and to increase funding for development of recreational areas in cities and develop cycling infrastructure.

Mexico pledged to further develop public transport and offered to give up comfortable private cars for the sake of the environment.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo initiated the overture, and brought strong arguments on climate change around the world. She said that climate shocks have become one of the biggest challenges faced by all countries in the world. Ms. Hidalgo also urged to think about countries’ citizens and their health.

These arguments were confirmed by representatives of the United Nations, who noted that 9 out of 10 people around the world live where ambient air pollution exceeds limits of safety standards of the World Health Organization.

In turn, authorities in Germany and Mexico said that they will increase investment in development of public transport. Thus, leaders of the four countries called for the world to follow their example. They expect that other countries will follow their example by 2025.

It should be noted that diesel cars are increasingly being criticized because of damage they cause to air quality and human health. Diesel engines emit suspended particles which penetrate into the lungs and may cause diseases of the cardiovascular system. At that, use of diesel cars is increasing in many countries every year.

The above-mentioned countries have not yet specified their decision: will the ban be total, or the restrictions will apply to particular cases. The authorities are now planning to elaborate the question. World leaders are reminded that pollution affects every country and automakers.

Last year, Volkswagen Group was hit with the diesel scandal. US authorities then accused the carmaker in installing malicious software on its cars’ engines. The software was used to understate indicators of harmful emissions during tests.

After that, Federal Court of the United States approved a settlement agreement with Volkswagen’s clients and regulators, in which the automaker had to pay a record compensation in the amount of $ 14.7 billion for fraud with emission diesel engines. Thus, the German automaker will no longer deliver diesel cars in the US.

Consequences of Dieselgate played a key role in the company’s strategy. By 2025, the automaker will reduce model range, and will focus on electric vehicles.

It should be noted that Germany was first to start fighting against environmentally unfriendly means of transport. The German authorities expect that ban on diesel and petrol will be supported by other EU countries. Representatives of Germany previously applied to other EU member states, calling to adopt identical laws. It is expected that only one kind of transport with a zero level of harmful emissions into the atmosphere will be sold by 2030.

source: theguardian.co.uk