In 10 years, petrol and diesel cars will no longer be available in The Netherlands. The Dutch parliament recently passed a motion that will only allow the sale of electric or alternative fuel vehicles beginning 2025.
The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) initiated the environmentally friendly motion, and the lower house of the Dutch parliament subsequently gave its support. At present, the motion needs to be approved by the Dutch senate to become valid and binding law. The PvdA first wanted to completely ban non zero-emissions vehicles in the country within nine years, but has since become more lenient.
According to Auto Express, if the new law will be passed, there will be a huge increase in the sales of electric and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, while petrol and diesel-engine vehicles will gradually be banned. The new law would permit existing petrol and diesel cars on the road, but there will be new efforts that will ban the sale of similar vehicles beginning 2025. In the Netherlands, one in 10 newly bought cars is electric.
The Netherlands is not the only country that is planning to get rid of diesel and petrol engines. Oslo, Norway is also aiming to remove private cars completely by 2019 to lower emissions by half. The mayor of Paris, France also previously shared his intention to remove diesel cars completely by 2020.
London will present an Ultra Low Emissions Zone in September 2020, which will charge new emissions penalties to all drivers of vehicles within the said congestion zone. Similar clean air zones are also being planned by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in Leeds, Birmingham, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby. New Delhi, India also bans the sale of large diesel cars to reduce pollution from passenger vehicles.
This Is Money notes that not everyone agrees with the plan to remove petrol and diesel cars in The Netherlands. According to the center-right VVD, the PvdA’s coalition partners, the proposal is unrealistic. People all over the world also have mixed reactions regarding the issue.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders presented that alternative fuel vehicles comprise only 3.3 percent of the total new-car market share in the United Kingdom. The figures are expected to increase significantly in the next few years, especially as more countries are pushing for greener cars. More laws and policies that favor alternative fuel vehicles are set to be introduced by politicians in the coming years.
More updates and details on the eco-friendly motion are expected soon.