Brussels to ban diesel cars by 2030

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The regional government in Brussels announced a new ban on fossil fuel-powered cars in region that will come into effect over the next 14 years. By 2030, sales of diesel cars will be prohibited, and new gasoline car sales will be considered illegal by 2035. The move is in accordance with the EU goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In order to meet these timelines, government leaders have rolled out a broader plan called the “Low Emission Mobility Brussels” roadmap that encourages use of public transportation and will build infrastructure for electric vehicles. Under the plan there will be 22,000 charging stations in the region by 2035. The hopes to reduce total transport emissions by around 70% by 2030.

Earlier in the year, nine countries including Belgium, wrote a letter to the Commission urging it to set a date for a ban on fossil-fuel burning cars across the EU, and to create a framework to help EU members to take action at a national level.

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