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Ban petrol cars in Oslo by 2035: Labour

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Ban petrol cars in Oslo by 2035: Labour
Electric cars charging. Photo: NTB/Scanpix
07:58 CET+01:00
All petrol and diesel cars should banned from the city of Oslo by 2035, Norway's Labour Party has declared in its draft environmental policy for the city.
"Just like with the introduction of the smoking ban, we must now set clear boundaries for how long we're going to be allowed to drive in Oslo with such cars," Jan Bohler, the leader of the Labour Party in Oslo. "This will give both motorists and car manufacturers the opportunity to adapt, so that we can have a transition to cars that do not pollute." 
 
The draft policy, which has been drawn up by Bohler's deputy Grete Haugdal, and the Labour youth party in the city, will be submitted to the party's annual meeting this weekend. 
 
Strong incentives brought in by the previous Labour-led government have made Norway the world's leading country for the adoption of electric vehicles. 
 
Norwegians are now buying around 1,200 electric vehicles a month, which works out at rough 10 percent of total car sales in the country.
 
At the end of 2013, electric vehicles were the country's bestselling cars for three months in a row, with the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles alternating in the top spot. 
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