In less than a decade, you might not be able to buy anything but an electric car in the Netherlands.
That’s because a new ruling to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the country from 2025 has received initial support from Dutch politicians this week.
The restriction, a proposal by the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), gained backing from those in the lower house of parliament and could become law if approved by the nation’s senate.
Initially, the law would allow anyone who already owns a petrol or diesel car to continue using it on the road.
However, you won’t be able to purchase a brand new car unless it is electric or a hydrogen fuel-cell model.
The aim is to filter out high-polluting vehicles from the nation’s roads in favour of greener cars, which make up 10 per cent of the Dutch new-car market. The PvdA, the junior member of the Netherlands’ coalition government, initially wanted all non zero-emissions vehicles banned in the country in nine years, but has since relaxed its stance.
However, not all are in favour of the switch — the Labour Party’s coalition partners, the centre-right VVD, has opposed the ruling, branding the plans as “unrealistic”. It’s not the first proposal to restrict the use of petrol and diesel cars in Europe.
Last year, new plans were announced in Norway to ban private cars from Oslo roads entirely by 2019 in a bid to halve emissions in the capital.
Further afield, India has a ban on the sale of large diesel cars in New Delhi in a move to reduce the polluting impact of passenger vehicles.
Alternative fuel vehicles make up just 3.3 per cent of the total new-car market share in the UK, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
This is expected to increase dramatically in coming years, especially with the planned introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2020.