Netherlands votes to ban petrol cars

The Guardian reports:

Dutch politicians have voted through a motion calling on the country to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars starting in 2025.

The motion has only passed through the lower house of the Netherlands’ parliament, and would need to pass through the Dutch senate to become legally binding. But its success in a majority vote puts the earliest date yet on just when a major country might begin phasing out polluting transportation.

Bans are ridiculous and stupid. It is denying people choice. Prices should reflect external costs (hence a price on greenhouse gas emissions) but having politicians decide what sort of vehicles are allowable is doomed to failure.

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