From December 31, 2024, petrol and diesel cars will be banned in central Stockholm. The “Environmental Zone”, as it’s referred to, will initially encompass twenty blocks.
The ban means that no fossil fuel-driven cars will be allowed to drive on streets within the zones located in the areas of Kungsgatan, Birger Jarlsgatan, Hamngatan, and Sveavägen. This marks the first introduction of what is known as an environmental zone class 3 in Sweden.
The decision is part of the budget for next year for the city of Stockholm, which has been drafted by the red-green coalition in power.
– We have a political majority for this proposal, Traffic Commissioner Lars Strömgren of the Green Party told the taxpayer-funded SVT.
It will be possible to drive around the streets in a kind of ring road around the areas.
To be expanded over time
The zone is expected to expand over time. During the first half of 2025, officials will review how an expansion of the area will look. Initially, there were plans for the zone to include the Old Town, but as of now, this will not happen.