Four major cities to ban all diesel vehicles

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traffic-772That diesel motorhome or truck you’re driving may be a dinosaur in the making. The leaders of four major cities, from Europe to Central America, are planning to ban all diesel vehicles by the middle of the next decade, the BBC reported.

Time will tell if the movement reaches cities in North America.

In the U.K., campaigners are calling for London’s mayor to commit to phase out diesel vehicles from London by 2025.

In addition, the mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have said that they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars, vans and trucks, which includes motorhomes, by 2025 in order to improve air quality.

In Europe, the BBC reports that diesel-based pollution kills about 467,000 people a year. The particulates from diesel emissions get into the lungs and cause cardiovascular disease, while the nitrogen oxides form ground-level ozone which causes breathing difficulties.

The diesel ban is hugely significant, noted the BBC. Carmakers will look at this decision and speculate it’s just a matter of time before other city mayors follow suit. Here in the U.S., RV makers will likely do the same.

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Jeff

I have driven a school bus for seven years and our busses are diesel and this is the first year I have not had any bronchitis and or respiratory issues. The difference is that anytime I am in the bus yard I wear a mask.
Interesting also is that at the state emission testing centers the employees are required to wear mask when ever they are testing a diesel vehicle.

Rvgrandma

I hate diesel pickups – they are noise pollution in RV parks! I hate getting behind diesel trucks that spew out black smoke causing you to cough. Doing away would be impractical. They just need to set emission standards for diesel like gas powered. Make the truck owners keep them in better working order so they don’t spew out the black smoke, etc.

Billy Bob

And the EU comes to an abrupt END. There is a sea change coming, and a new dawn. Buckle your seatbelts ladies and gents, i’m likin it! Long live fossil fuels.

Keith Sturtz

All freight lines should refuse to haul into subject cities. They should drop loads at the city limits and charge a 500% dropping charge for doing so and then require that shipments be taken into the city on their special fleet of gas or electric haulers applying another 500% hauling fee.

George

Did you know that 76.8423% of statistics are made up on the spot.

Doug G.

This seem unlikely to happen in the us simply because that would be considered regulating interstate commerce, which, under the Constitution, is under the purview of the Federal Gov’t. only, not the states or municipalities. That’s why you see these 53″ long tractor trailers trying to negotiate city streets to make deliveries.

Glenn

This is absolute BS
For any of you who have visited Europe, what percentage of their daily drivers are diesel?
My bet is its the higher percentage because the diesel powered cars get much better mileage compared to gas powered. And this doesn’t seem to take into account DEF

Truman

i don’t think they have all the smog checks and recheck that we do here in the good old USA on our autos and trucks ????

Tommy Molnar

“In Europe, the BBC reports that diesel-based pollution kills about 467,000 people a year”. How do they come up with this stuff? They know exactly how many people die from cigarette smoke, air pollution, tainted food, bad toothpaste, nuclear power, ant poison, rotten watermelon, doctor’s mistakes, etc. But Europe is totally screwed up anyway so no surprise there.

And if they ban diesel engines, just what is going to power the trucks that make the country work and move?

Chuck

Don’t worry, it will never happen in the USA, with Trump… The EPA will be history…