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In the Netherlands, politicians have voted through a motion calling for a ban of new petrol and diesel car sales beginning from 2025, The Guardian reports. It’s not set in stone yet, as the motion has only passed through the lower house of the country’s parliament and still needs to get through the senate to become legally binding.

Initially, the plan – which was proposed by the Labour Party (PvdA), the junior member of the country’s coalition government – looked at banning petrol and diesel cars from the streets entirely, but this was eventually modified to cover just new vehicles.

The proposal allows existing cars to stay in use but essentially prevent sales of any future vehicles, ensuring a transition to electric vehicles as it goes along. Presently, electric vehicles account for less than 10% of new car sales in the country.

Not everyone is in favour of the plan. It was opposed by the Labour Party’s coalition partners, the centre-right VVD, which reportedly called the idea “unrealistic.” The VVD said it was particularly concerned about whether or not the proposed law will go against the country’s energy agreement, which commits it to certain decarbonisation targets by 2020.

The PvdA however says that the proposal is feasible and that the energy agreement would not conflict with it because the agreement would run out in 2023, leaving the country free to work with other plans.