Amsterdam plans to rule out the use of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, meaning that residents will have to get an electric car if they want to carry on driving around the city.
According to RTL Nieuws, before that, diesel cars will be gone if they are from 2005 or under and in 2020 they cannot drive in and around the A10 ring road.
The municipality’s ‘Clean Air Action Plan’ will begin it’s next steps shortly. These next steps forward are to implement the emission-free plan into the city. This will be properly discussed in the city council this month. Then, next month, the residents and businesses of the city will have their chance to voice their opinion about the matter. The plan will then go into its final stages.
The primary reason for the change is due to pollution. Pollution within the city affects the lifespan of the residents. There are also concerns about climate change and the need to start switching to electric cars.
But it is too ambitious?
Of course, the concerns start rolling in. Will that really happen by 2030? Some residents don’t seem to think so. The plans implemented need to involve making plenty of space to allow people to plug in their car. This also needs to happen way before 2030 so people can start buying their electric cars now. Residents also have concerns about the price of electric cars – which certainly aren’t on the cheap side. They certainly need to be more affordable if this plan is to work. Hopefully, many of these issues will be resolved, but we’ll have to wait and see.
There has been a lot of backlashes, but also a lot of support for this new plan. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!