The Dutch capital’s council on Thursday stated that gasoline and diesel-fuelled cars and motorcycles would become illegal from Amsterdam by 2030, in an endeavour to clean up the city’s air.
The city’s traffic councilor, Sharon Dijksma stated that most often pollution becomes the silent killer and is one of the biggest health risks in Amsterdam.
Regardless of the extensive use of bicycles by many Dutch, air pollution in the Netherlands is poor than European rules permit, because of the heavy traffic in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
The Health Ministry has cautioned that the present level of nitrogen dioxide and particle matter emissions can lead to respiratory illnesses, with chronic exposure reducing life expectancy by over a year. Amsterdam stated that it plans to take the place of all gasoline and diesel engines with emission-free option, like electric and hydrogen cars, by the end of the next ten years.
From the start of next year, the city would be banning diesel cars, which has been developed before 2005, and would expand the range of vehicles that are prohibited. The city stated that it would use subsidies and parking permits to stimulate people to switch to cleaner cars.