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Copenhagen mayor wants to ban diesel cars from 2019

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Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen wants to ban new diesel cars from entering the Danish capital from January 1st 2019.

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As part of a proposal on improving air quality in the city, Jensen wants to keep diesel cars off Copenhagen’s roads, writes newspaper Politiken, The Local reports.

“It’s not a human right to pollute the air for others. That’s why diesel cars must be phased out,” Jensen told the newspaper.

The mayor admitted that the proposal was “controversial” and an “intervention”, but said he felt it was necessary.

“I know it will mean something for the many, many Copenhageners that are affected by respiratory illnesses,” he said.

Research shows that around 80 people, primarily elderly or frail, die each year in the city due to air pollution caused locally, including nitrous oxides from traffic, writes Politiken.

The potential ban would apply to all diesel cars registered after January 1st 2019, according to the report.

Motorists who already own diesel cars would be permitted to continue driving them in the city.

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