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Top of the EU's list to cut climate change emissions is a target of 'zero' for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU's future cities.

The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.

The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.

Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.

Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of transport.

“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.”

The Association of British Drivers rejected the proposal to ban cars as economically disastrous and as a “crazy” restriction on mobility.

“I suggest that he goes and finds himself a space in the local mental asylum,” said Hugh Bladon, a spokesman for the BDA.

“If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker.”

Mr Kallas has denied that the EU plan to cut car use by half over the next 20 years, before a total ban in 2050, will limit personal mobility or reduce Europe’s economic competitiveness.

“Curbing mobility is not an option, neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win,” he claimed.

Christopher Monckton, Ukip’s transport spokesman said: “The EU must be living in an alternate reality, where they can spend trillions and ban people from their cars.

“This sort of greenwashing grandstanding adds nothing and merely highlights their grandiose ambitions.”

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  • John the Baptist

    The future is unfolding onto europe…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf8rIDZsAYA

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  • Baron Gifelte

    It’s about time,now ban these buffoons from parking their cars on the sidewalk and in theroad.

    You don’t need more road you need these people to shift their stationary personal bolongings off the public highway.

    It will free up our period housing for people who want to live in a world designed for people.

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  • karl

    These people in some of our governments need a good kick in the teeth. Citing ‘global warming’ as one of the primary reasons for doing this shows how precisely moronic they are. Or perhaps they are just control freaks who like to run other people’s lives.

    Greenwashers indeed. Time to flush them and their lies down the drain.

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  • Baron Gifilte

    Ah the department of ministers without portfolio.

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  • Andre

    The ol’boy is a nutter!

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