Center Party opposes Oslo City Council proposal to ban diesel and petrol cars in inner-city districts

Jan BøhlerPhoto: Trygve Slagsvold Vedum / Berit Roald / NTB

The Center Party’s (SP) top political figures Trygve Slagsvold Vedum and Jan Bøhler are fighting the Oslo City Council, which wants to ban diesel and petrol cars in inner-city districts.

The measure is a symbolic policy that will affect those who have the least, Vedum and Bøhler told newspaper Aftenposten.

In its climate report, the government opened up to zero-emission zones. 

The introduction of such zones means that the City Council can prohibit residents and businesses from driving diesel and petrol cars in certain streets or areas in the city. 

What will happen to hybrid car owners remains unclear.

In Oslo, the city center from Aker Brygge to Tøyen, Grønland, and Vaterland in the east will be affected. The goal is for the first zone to be in place by 2023.

A ban by 2030?

By 2030, the City Council’s goal is to ban fossil-fueled cars throughout Oslo, the Green Party’s (MDG) Oslo City Councilor for Environment and Transport Lan Marie Berg said on NRK’s ​​Debatten on Thursday night.

SP leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum believes the measure will have a marginal or no effect because it will affect few driving kilometers. 

He also believes it’s anti-social.

The Progress Party’s (FRP) Bård Hoksrud, the first deputy chair of the Transport and Communications Committee in the Norwegian parliament (Storting), believes that the City Council’s plans are a warning to all motorists.

“Berg said straight out that the whole of Oslo should be a zero-emission zone. I wonder if the Conservatives and the government know what they accomplished by opening up to zero-emission zones,” Hoksrud said in a comment to news bureau NTB.

“Now I really hope that motorists wake up before it’s too late. I can promise that the FRP will continue to fight this madness,” Hoksrud concluded.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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