Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030

Amsterdam is leading the way in embracing an electric future for automotive with the ban of diesel vehicles over 15 years old.

Effected diesel vehicles will be barred next year as first part of anti-pollution drive whilst cars and motorbikes running on petrol or diesel will be banned from driving in Amsterdam from 2030.

“Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said the councillor responsible for the city’s traffic, Sharon Dijksma, announcing the municipality’s decision.

Public buses and coaches that emit exhaust fumes will no longer enter the city centre from 2022. By 2025, the ban will be extended to pleasure crafts on its waters, mopeds and light mopeds.

Under the Clean Air Action plan, traffic within the built-up areas will be emission-free by 2030.

In order to make the project viable, 16,000 to 23,000 charging stations will be built by 2025 in addition to the current 3,000 charging stations in the city.

“In 2030, about one third of the cars will be electric, we expect. But there will also be a lot of people who won’t be able to afford that by then.”

In January 2018, the Dutch health council called on the government to devise an ambitious strategy to improve air quality in the Netherlands, warning that the “blanket of pollution” would cause major health problems in the country.

City authorities and governments around the world are moving towards pushing cars that produce greenhouse gas emissions off their streets.

Source: www.theguardian.com –  Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030

15 May 2019