End of diesels?
Adel Murad - Sun, Dec 18th 2016 12:00 AM
End of diesels?
Four cities have decided to ban diesel engines effective from 2025 and others are considering drastic actions to reduce diesels in city centers.
The ban, which now includes Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City, may also extend to most Western capitals by the end of the decade.
These diesel cars would be replaced by electric and hybrid vehicles which will improve the air quality and make life easier for pedestrians and cyclists.
The vision of the future city is one with low pollution with international standards and ranking for clean air quality.
Mayors from many cities around the world met in Mexico recently in a summit to discuss issues affecting their cities.
Air quality and car-made pollution was top of the agenda.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo described the current air pollution as a “worldwide public health concern” and demanded that carmakers meet needs for clean future urban mobility.
She confirmed that up to 2,500 deaths in Paris can be attributed to air pollution each year.
World Health Organization calculates that three million deaths per year are linked to public exposure to air pollution, mostly in heavily populated city centers.
Germany is discussing plans to ban all diesel and petrol cars by 2030.
In the UK, as of next year there will be a new additional T-charge (Toxicity Charge) for pre-Euro 4 cars entering London.
Owners of these old vehicles will have to pay extra ten pounds sterling on top of the Congestion Charge.
The way things look at the moment means that diesel engines are unlikely to meet clear-air regulations of the future and will face dwindling demand from consumers leading to their possible demise.
This is not a big issue for GCC countries as diesel passenger cars are rare.
Nevertheless, congested GCC cities need to prepare for the future by devising their own clean-air regulations and fitting electric charging points in consultation with carmakers.
• Adel Murad is a senior motoring and business journalist, based in London.
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