Oslo to ban cars from city centre


Oslo is aiming to ban cars from its centre by 2019 - the first European city to take such a stance. It also hopes to reduce car dependence in outlying city areas.


The Norwegian capital's new city council - an alliance between its Labour, Green, and Socialist Left parties - plans to compensate with investment in public transport and cycle lanes.


60km of new cycle lanes are to be built over the next three years while existing bus and tram networks will also be expanded. The purchase of electric bikes will meanwhile be subsidised.


Oslo has a total of 600,000 inhabitants. There will be a consultation period with local residents and businesses and studies will be made of experiences of car bans in other cities.


The proposal is part of Oslo's commitment to halve emissions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. It hopes to reduce cars across the city as a whole by 20% by 2019 and by 30% by 2030.


The council will also be removing fossil fuels from its pension funds.