Oslo wants to ban fossil cars in parts of the city

Lan Marie BergPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB

Lan Marie Berg (MDG) and the red-green City Council in Oslo are now starting work on making parts of Oslo a forbidden zone for fossil cars.

In the budget for 2021, the Urban Environment Agency will receive NOK 4 million to make a proposal for zones in the city where only electric cars, hydrogen cars, or vehicles with other emission-free technology may drive.

“A ban on such cars in parts of Oslo will make it even more attractive to choose an electric car or other more environmentally friendly means of transport. It will also make less noise, and facilitate more city life,” City Councilor for Environment and Transport in Oslo Lan Marie Berg (MDG) told newspaper Dagbladet.

The goal is for emissions in Oslo to be cut by 95% by 2030.

A zero-emission zone

It has not yet been clarified which areas of the city will be covered by the fossil car ban.

“But it will be natural to look at the areas that are currently covered by car-free city life,” Berg said.

The car-free city life zone covers most of Oslo’s city center, from Oslo Central Station to Slottsplassen and the surrounding streets.

The zone will eventually also include Tøyen and Greenland.

“The goal is to get this in place by the end of 2023 at the latest. If we succeed, Oslo will probably be the first capital in the world to have zero-emission zones,” Berg concluded.

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