The Netherlands has joined the move towards zero emission mobility – following the plans outlined by France and Britain to ban sales of all new petrol and diesel powered passenger vehicles, the country says it will do the same, but a decade quicker, doing the deed by 2030. This is five years on from the initial proposal made last year, in which politicians voted through a motion calling for a ban to begin from 2025.

The move is part of a long-term plan that has been announced by the Dutch government, according to NL Times. The country hopes to achieve a 49% reduction in overall emissions by 2030 and is set to allocate four billion euros (RM19.9 billion) to make the transition to clean energy. It will also be investing a one-off amount of 100 million euros (RM499 million) into developing the bicycle infrastructure.

Germany is also reportedly due to introduce a ban on the sale of new diesel-powered cars in the future – though no timeline has been offered as yet, German chancellor Angela Merkel said the move will happen. It was previously reported that the country was hoping to implement the ban by 2030.

The first country in Europe to phase out sales of conventionally-powered vehicles will be Norway, which has said it will accomplish the switch by 2025. On a national level, Paris, Madrid and Mexico City have announced plans to ban diesel cars on their roads, also by 2025.