Amsterdam To Ban Petrol And Diesel Cars From 2030

The city council of Amsterdam plans to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes from its streets from 2030, The Guardian reports.

The capital city of the Netherlands is looking to reduce air pollution, which local authorities claim shortens the life expectancy of local residents by as much as one year.

Starting in 2020, diesel cars 15 years or older will be banned from going within the A10 ring road around Amsterdam while from 2022, no public buses or coaches powered by petrol or diesel will be allowed in the city center. In 2025, the ban will be extended to includes pleasure crafts on its canals as well as mopeds and light mopeds. The Clean Air Action plan then calls for all traffic within the city to be emission-free by 2030.

Also Read: Netherlands Wants To Ban New Petrol And Diesel Sales By 2030

In a bid to encourage locals to make the switch to electric and hydrogen vehicles, the city wants to offer charging stations to every buyer of an emission-free vehicle. Estimates predict the city will need between 16,000 and 23,000 charging stations by 2025 for the project to be viable.

The plan hasn’t pleased everyone and according to a spokesman from the Rai Association, an automotive industry lobby group, many people won’t be able to afford EVs.

“Many tens of thousands of families who have no money for an electric car will soon be left out in the cold. That makes Amsterdam a city of the rich. 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,” the spokesman said.

Opening image via Peter K Burian – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0/Wikimedia Commons

  • Daniela Wolf

    Petrol heads like oh sh*t! We thought we’re save.

  • It’ll be interesting to see how this works out as I believe this will be the first city to enact it. Does put it into question whether the consideration of political, economical and social factors together aren’t strong enough of a reason to find something more approachable and workable for the wider population? Will this promote EV / FC powered public transport? What happens to those who are already within the zone but work outside it? Is 11 years enough time to create a new comprehensable infrastructure? Still lacking answers to important questions.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Unless they enact legislation to change current industrial practices and wholesale deforestation, it won’t amount to a whole hill o’ beans.

      • 95% of deforestation is due to the meat industry. Ready to become vegan? Thought so…

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Yes, I am. Are you?

          • No problem. Whatever it takes to protect our environment and other species.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Good. Might need producers to stop putting palm oil in everything as well.


    Smart decision, in western europe everybody will be praying for Allah whole time by 2030, so nobody will be interested in cars

    • blunt-o

      By 2010, an estimated 44 million Muslims were living in Europe (6%), including an estimated 19 million in the EU (3.8%). They are projected to comprise 8% by 2030.wikipedia.

      Why are you spreading ignorance and fear ? Did you ever own a thought in your whole life, instead of mindlessly believing what others say?

      • While the kids of muslim families in Europe are leaving religion by masses. It’s just the usual crap about color and genetical background. Some people need to grow up and care about their own business…

  • Paulbe

    And the prison doors close a little further.

  • They need a plan first before the decision, not the other way round. Unfortunately is another city that’s falling into the same hole. I’m all for this legislation but without those 3 factors met, it’s simply not viable and scaremongering those who it effects – the citizens are going to have no idea what’s occuring, whether that means changing jobs, moving house or a complete restructure of their day-to-day lives, being purely left as a “we’ll see when the time comes”. I’m not okay with that.

    The turn of events with Brexit provide an in-depth look at how no preparation leads to a critical failure in diplomacy.

  • David De Fortier

    So what happens to the millions of illegal cars then?

  • Paul

    This little peon place isn’t going to even make a dent in the world’s situation by doing this. All it is accomplishing is making life tougher for their own residents.

  • Mr. EP9

    Why? Why not switch them over to EV or some other type of fuel cell technology instead?

  • Super Rob

    Just build in the capability into hybrids so they can run all electric. Drive on gas to the city, switch to EV, then back to gas when you leave. They can do that right now.

  • Ilbirs

    Considering that is Amsterdam, what the city council members are smoking?

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Oh, I can.


  • Stealth333

    I agree diesel should be banned. SUV’s should also be banned. But small gas powered cars are fine and should be allowed. It would motivate people to keep buying small efficient cars.

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