Amsterdam’s city council has announced plans to phase out many types of petrol and diesel vehicle in a bid to clean up air pollution in the city.
According to the authorities in the Dutch city, air pollution is responsible for shortening the life expectancy of residents by a year. Air pollution in the Netherlands is higher than required by EU standards; most of it is produced by Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the country’s two largest cities.
The Clean Air Action Plan announced by the city of Amsterdam aims to curb transport-related emissions and so reduce air pollution.
The city will execute the plan gradually. Starting next year, diesel cars older than 15 years will be banned from entering the inner city. From 2022, buses running on petrol or diesel will follow. In 2025, the zone’s limit will be expanded to the area inside the A10 ring road. The ban will also apply to canal ferries and tour boats, taxis, mopeds and scooters.
Amsterdam will also offer subsidies and special parking permits to encourage its residents to switch to electric or hydrogen cars. Additionally, the city will extend the network of electric charging stations from 3,000 to 16,000 and then to 23,000 by 2025.
The Dutch city is only the latest of a series of European cities announcing bold measures to tackle air pollution.
Last year, Madrid began restricting access to petrol vehicles made prior to 2000 and diesel vehicles made prior to 2006. Rome has pledged to ban diesel vehicles from the city centre by 2024. In London, drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the central congestion zone area under the recently introduced Ultra Low Emission Zone scheme.
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