EU Plans Petrol Car Ban In City Centers

The EU recently proposed a ban on petrol and diesel cars in city centers by the year 2050. This would reduce European reliance on oil and lower carbon emissions by 60 percent, reported the European Commission.

The UK Minister of Transport immediately shot down the proposal, which would have a major impact on auto operators throughout the UK.

Norman Baker, UK Minister of Transport, commended that the government will not involve itself in transportation decisions made by individual cities. In the meantime, the European Commission is planning a “Single European Transport Area,” which represents a major shift in traffic patterns. The commission says this move is necessary in order to achieve the stated goals.

Included in the plan is a shift in journeys of “middle distance,” which are greater than 300 kilometers. Rather than driving, travelers would take the railways.

Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas stated that this change and the replacement of diesel and petrol cars within city centers with transport that is more eco-friendly does not need to inconvenience members of the public.

While Mr. Kallas does not believe that the status quo is an option, he also does not promote curbing mobility. He believes that every UK citizen has a basic right to travel freely. The idea that combating climate change requires restricting mobility is false.

He says it is possible to move to a less oil-dependent system of transportation without limiting mobility or reducing efficiency.

Individuals with car loans or who own their vehicles outright should stay tuned. It is still possible that car finance for petrol or diesel cars will be reduced in the future, due to yet-to-be enacted laws regarding transportation options in city centers.

Emissions reduction and decreased dependence on oil are main goals of the EU and the group has placed a high priority on finding ways to achieve these.