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FT: Ford Executive Calls for Fewer Cars in Cities

FT: Ford Executive Calls for Fewer Cars in Cities
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By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:58 AM

Ford’s Europe president reportedly thinks that cities must have fewer cars on their roads to ease congestion and free up alternative forms of transportation.

Jim Farley, who runs the US carmaker in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will tell the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference in London on Wednesday that carmakers cannot be “selfish” when looking at solutions for crowded urban centers.

“We must work on how to take cars out of the system when there is an alternative, more sustainable solution,” he will say, the FT reported.

“Cities are facing huge challenges — congestion, emissions and air quality to name a few. The answer to these challenges lies in collaboration with cities and city leaders,” he will say, the FT reported.

Heavy traffic and the resulting pollution is being fought on a global scale.

Beijing removed 180,000 old and polluting vehicles from its roads in the first four months of 2017, the Chinese capital's environmental bureau has said, as part of its efforts to tackle congestion and cut smog, Reuters reported.

An action plan published in 2015 committed Beijing to removing a total of 1 million ageing vehicles over the 2013-2017 period. Beijing needs to take 300,000 off the road this year to meet the target.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said late on Thursday the capital has a total of 5.7 million vehicles, responsible for half of the city's nitrogen oxide emissions, a major source of smog.

Traffic is responsible for 31 percent of Beijing's total particulate matter, environment minister Chen Jining said earlier this year.

The city has promised extraordinary measures this year to meet its 2013-2017 air pollution targets following a spike in smog in the region in January and February.

(Newsmax wires services contributed to this report).

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