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Diesel trucks should be banned from Australian roads by 2025, to reduce harmful toxic emissions that cause deaths and serious illnesses, according to a new report from the Grattan Institute.

The report reveals more than 400 Australians die every year due to exhaust-pipe pollutants from diesel trucks, which also cause or contribute to diseases including lung cancer, stroke, heart disease and asthma.

Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have already pledged to ban diesel vehicles by 2025, and ‘low emission zones’ where polluting vehicles are restricted or deterred have been implemented in cities across the world, with more than 300 in Europe alone.

Kylea Tink, the Independent Federal Member for North Sydney, supports the creation of both incentives and low-emission zones in Sydney and Melbourne.

“Looking at ways that we can lower emissions is really the most sensible thing to do, and we‘ve seen this kind of strategy work very well in other global markets,” Ms Tink said.

“So I think if it‘s something that can be facilitated by communities, then it’s definitely worth pursuing.”

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