Source: Politico, 2021-06-25
The city of Brussels plans to ban diesel cars from 2030 and petrol vehicles from 2035 as part of efforts to improve air quality and meet regional climate targets.
Its low-emission zone, established in 2018, has contributed to reducing emissions of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter from transport by 11% in the Brussels region, the city said in a statement on 25 June.
"Unfortunately, despite these improvements, a majority of Brussels residents still live in neighborhoods where air pollution is above WHO recommended health limits," the statement said. "This pollution is mainly due to road transport."
In pushing for a ban — which would also cover scooters and motorbikes — Brussels said it's following the example of cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, London and Oslo. It also plans to roll out "far-reaching accompanying measures," including investments of more than €1bn in public transport.
“Brussels is investing massively in alternatives to the private car," said Brussels Mobility Minister Elke Van den Brandt.
The policy still has to be discussed with other regional governments, with the aim of getting it passed into law by the end of the year.
Belgium is among a group of EU countries that wants the bloc to set an end date for sales of polluting vehicles — something larger car-producing nations oppose. The Commission is currently drafting two pieces of legislation that could effectively signal the end of the internal combustion engine.
In order to support a switch to electric vehicles, the Brussels government also aims to establish a network of 22,000 publicly accessible charging points by 2035.