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Netherlands may ban cars by 2025

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Published Apr 20, 2016, 7:13 am IST
Updated Apr 20, 2016, 7:13 am IST
Once the existing petrol and diesel fleet go beyond its permissible road life duration, those cars can only be replaced by ‘green’ cars, according to the proposal.
 Once the existing petrol and diesel fleet go beyond its permissible road life duration, those cars can only be replaced by ‘green’ cars, according to the proposal.

Amsterdam: The Dutch are famous for devising innovative solutions to maximise the use of renewable energy. In 2014, the country built the world’s first solar-lit road and received praise from all over.

Their latest idea - in the proposal stage currently — may not be as groundbreaking but it has the potential to completely eradicate dependence of fossil fuel in the road transport sector.

The Labour Party has proposed banning the sale of all internal-combustion cars by 2025. That means only cars powered by electric or hydrogen will be allowed to join existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles.

Once the existing petrol and diesel fleet go beyond its permissible road life duration, those cars can only be replaced by ‘green’ cars, according to the proposal. While environmentalists and many others are hailing the proposal, not all in the Netherlands are completely taken by the idea. Not yet, anyway. Local media reports that the proposal may be pushed through nonetheless as majority of elected officials in the Dutch parliament support the initiative.

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