France Looking To Phase Out Diesel Powered Cars

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France, the European country is looking forward to slowly phase out diesel powered passenger cars. The country will set up a system to identify the vehicles that pollute the most.

The government is looking forward to set up a car identification system next year, to identify vehicles that pollute the most. These vehicles will be ranked accordingly by authorities. This system will enable the authorities to limit city access to these vehicles.

France, a country where almost 80 percent of the motorists drive diesel cars has taken this step to reduce air pollution.

Manuel Valls, the Prime Minister of France said, In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically."

The French government has said it will announce "TICPE" excise tax on diesel by 2 Euro Cents per litre, to bring in almost 807 million Euros in 2015.

Segolene Royal, the Energy Minister said that people who are willing to scrap their diesel-run vehicles to buy electric powered vehicles would be allowed to claim benefits or a bonus of up to 10,000 Euros.

Story first published: Monday, December 1, 2014, 15:13 [IST]
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