Paris Will Ban All Pre-1997 Cars From Driving On Weekdays

Paris has decided to clamp down on pollution with a new ban. This time, France’s capital city will not allow anyone to drive a car registered before 1997 inside it, except for weekends. Motorcycles will not be exempt, and the rules are even stricter for them, as no bike older than June 1, 1999, will be allowed in Paris.
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Fortunately for Parisians that own classic cars and bikes, they will still be permitted to drive them, but only during weekends. We would not expect this exemption to last for too long, so prepare to sell your beloved classic vehicles if you live in Paris.

The idea behind Paris’s latest ban on old cars was first announced last year, part of a bigger plan to reduce the city’s smog and pollution. Things will go on to a new level once the years go by, as 2020 will mark the ban of cars that were registered before the year 2011.

Paris already has a ban on buses, coaches, and other heavyweight vehicles that were first registered before October 1, 2001.

This prohibition was started on July 1, 2015, to try and fight the smog that affected France’s capital city. According to Le Monde, around 10% of the vehicles registered in Paris will be affected by the new measure.

At this point, you are wondering how will this ban be enforced. Allowed cars will be organized into six categories, from 1 to 6, and electric, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be in the first class. Vehicles older than 1997 will be considered in a seventh class, and will not have an individual “vignette” that will be placed on them.

If a vehicle is found traveling in Paris without being allowed to do so on that day, the driver will be fined. Repeat offenders will receive larger penalties. Paris is expected to increase the penalties it applies for not respecting this ban. Other cities in Western Europe, like Grenoble, Bordeaux, and Strasbourg are considering a similar prohibition.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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