A US city is banning new petrol stations as lawmakers say they feel an “obligation” to tackle climate change.
Lousiville, near Denver in the state of Colorado, is home to around 21,000 people and currently has five stations. A sixth was recently approved but it could be the city’s last.
The new local legislation notes that “gasoline station bans may also be seen as promoting the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs), thus, reducing vehicle emissions and encouraging low-carbon and cleaner energy options for transportation.”
It adds that the proposal for a cap on petrol stations and not a full ban is because there will still be demand while more electric vehicles are phased in.
Any new petrol stations granted an exception to the ban or those that are modified will also have to install at least two electric vehicle chargers as part of the legislation. They will also have to be at least 1000 feet (just over 300 metres) from existing ones.