California, ban on the opening of new diesel and petrol stations

California, ban on the opening of new diesel and petrol stations


The automotive market is slowly starting a transition aimed at the complete electrification of the car fleet. Not surprisingly, there are many new regulatory rules that aim at a clear imposition of increasingly stringent limits on pollution. In the last few hours, the news that a California city is grappling with the ban on opening new service areas for petrol and diesel cars. However, the service areas already present in the area will not bea> able to continue with the installation of new pumps.

We are talking about Petaluma, a city in the State of California, which therefore seems to point the finger at the service areas for traditional cars with a new regulation that prevents the opening of new service areas for citizens, placing a series of important restrictions also on already existing areas. According to Petaluma officials, the city already has enough service areas, thus proceeding with the unanimous vote of the local city council to be able to proceed with the ban.

Inevitably, the initiative also aims to promote new cars with electric propulsion in order to start an acceleration towards zero CO2 emissions. As soon as the council definitively approves the provision, the bill will enter into force immediately, making Petaluma the first in the country to definitively stop the construction of new infrastructures. It is clear that the decision of the Californian city is among the objectives linked to the climate plan which aims to reach zero emissions by 2030. It cannot be ruled out that Petaluma will become only the first in a long list of cities and nations ready to introduce the concession ban.

According to local authorities, Petaluma currently has 16 service stations on an area of approximately 39 km². On this basis, we read:

There are stations located 5 minutes drive from each existing residence and all areas planned for residential development by General Plan 2025 but not yet built. It is not a ban on existing service stations, which obviously supply the fuel that is needed right now. The problem with allowing new petrol pumps to open is that we don't really need them and they risk putting the business of existing service stations in difficulty.

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