The Dutch capital of Amsterdam has pledged to ban all petrol and diesel cars and motorcycles from 2030 as part of a plan to improve the city’s air quality.
The plan, announced Thursday, will start next year with a ban of diesel cars over 15 years of age, as the city works to improve its terrible track record for air quality, which it has gained despite the Dutch people’s love of bicycles.
The city’s “Clean Air Action” plan will then ban internal combustion engine (ICE) buses and coaches from entering the city centre from 2022, followed by a ban on petrol or diesel pleasure boats as well as motorbikes and mopeds from 2025.
“Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said Sharon Dijksma, the city’s alderman responsible for traffic, transport, water and air quality.
The total ban is ramps up efforts already underway to reduce the effect of polluting vehicles on air quality.
Like many other European cities, Amsterdam already has a “Low Emissions Zone” (LEZ) that restricts the movement of high-emission diesel vans and lorries, buses and coaches, and mopeds in the city centre.
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