Petrol And Diesel Cars Banned By 2050?

The European Commission has made the radical recommendation that conventional petrol- and diesel-engined cars should be banned from European urban centres by 2050.

The proposals are part of the EU's effort to cut its CO2 emissions and reduce its dependence on oil, and also include a target of 50 per cent of Europe's vehicles to be zero-emission by 2030.

EC transport commissioner Siim Kallas, who revealed the plan to EU governments today (Monday 28th March), said that the plan would not curtail the free movement of people. "Curbing mobility is not an option," he said, "neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win,".

Despite these claims, however, part of the plan would involve the majority of journeys over 190 miles long being taken by train.

Fortunately for fans of sanity, the UK government has effectively told the European Commission to keep out of it, saying that the EU should not get involved in the transport policies of individual cities.

"We will not be banning cars from city centres anymore than we will be having rectangular bananas," said UK Transport Minister Norman Baker.

You can download the full European Transport Plan from the European Commission's website. If you fancy a laugh.

Image: Ruben de Rijcke

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  • soad 28 Mar 2011

    That damned EU...who said future is bright eh?

  • Mr Whippy 28 Mar 2011

    In 40 years, an ICE engine might be hydrogen based, generating water?

    So why off-limits to cities if the only exhaust is water?

    Best ban people from city centres, with their water vapour, methane and CO2 emissions... oh.

  • sidaorb 28 Mar 2011

    Thank god I'll be dead by then!

  • vetteheadracer 28 Mar 2011

    Great idea lets all switch to electric Japanese made cars.........perhaps we can all run them using our Nuclear generated electricity.........or then again perhaps not.

    I assume that all lorries, buses and trains will also need to be non-diesel by then too as well.

    If all of the EU government stopped breathing for about an hour that would also solve the CO2 emmissions problems......

  • Luca Brasi 28 Mar 2011

    Treehugging idiots!

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