City of Amsterdam bans gasoline and diesel fueled cars

Signal of change / City of Amsterdam bans gasoline and diesel fueled cars

By Carolina Altenburger / 16 May 2019

Amsterdam's city’council announced that cars and motorcycles running on gasoline or diesel will be banned from the city from 2030. People are encouraged to replace cars with electric and hydrogen cars. 

In 2020 the city will ban diesel cars built before 2005 and then slowly expand the range of banned vehicles up until 2030.

It's not only cars that will be affected by the ban - the city aims to be free of any gasoline- or diesel-fueled vehicles by the end of the next decade, which includes also the boats mooring on the famous canals. According to the city council, they won't be allowed anymore in the city centre after 2025. 

So what?

Air pollution is one of the biggest health threats occurring in cities. One-third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. Chronic exposure shortens life expectancy by more than a year.

Emissions from fossil fuel driven cars are a major cause of air pollution. But will the ban on cars running on gasoline or diesel have a notable impact on the air quality of the city? Will peoples’ exposure decrease enough to make a difference for their health?

Due to heavy traffic in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, air pollution in the Netherlands is not in line with European rules. Will limiting the citizens of Amsterdam to electric and hydrogen cars have an overall impact on the Netherland’s air quality?

And what about the people that can’t afford to exchange the cars they own already? Will there be sufficient support for the change?

Sources

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-pollution-amsterdam/city-of-amsterdam-to-ban-polluting-cars-from-2030-idUSKCN1S81XV   https://www.who.int/air-pollution/news-and-events/how-air-pollution-is-destroying-our-health

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