The proposed plan suggests that from 31st December 2024, 20 blocks of Stockholm’s inner city will be restricted to zero-emission vehicles only, in an effort to reduce air pollution and noise.
Announcing the plan, Lars Strömgren, the Vice Mayor for transport and urban environment, says: "Nowadays, the air in Stockholm causes babies to have lung conditions and the elderly to die prematurely. We need to eliminate the harmful exhaust gases from petrol and diesel cars. That’s why we are introducing the most ambitious zero-emission zone to date."
Many cities have introduced plans to tackle air pollution, but Stockholm goes further than for example Paris, Athens and Madrid, who have only banned diesel cars.
The intention is to allow all battery electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles as well as biogas and natural gas vehicles meeting the Euro 6 emission standard. The zone will permit use of plug-in hybrid heavy vehicles meeting the Euro 6 emission standard, but not plug-in hybrid passenger cars. Petrol and diesel vehicles will be completely prohibited.
Exceptions will be made, for example for emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and fire engines, as well as mobility service vehicles, and vehicles where the driver or passenger has a disability parking permit. There is no exception for diplomatic vehicles
The plan is part of the City’s total budget for 2024.