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New restrictions designed to lower pollution levels will ban cars registered before 1997, but classics more than 30 years old will be exempt
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27 June 2016

Paris will ban cars registered before 1997 from the city between 8am and 8pm on weekdays, but classic cars registered 30 years or more ago will be allowed to drive.

The rule is set to be enforced from July 1, and is expected to affect around 10% of cars in the city.

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According to French media reports, these restrictions will become progressively tighter over the rest of this decade until 2020, when the only private vehicles allowed to drive in central Paris will be cars registered after 2011 and motorcycles registered after July 2015.

According to one report, Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo was quoted as saying that while the older diesel cars were the most polluting, “even the filters in the latest models can’t get rid of the most dangerous fine particles”.

One pro-driver campaign group was quoted as saying as many as "three million" cars could be scrapped over the next five years.

These moves, however, could give a boost to France’s domestic car industry, especially if other French cities copy the Paris scheme. The French government has already suggested it could offer incentives of up to €10,000 (around £7435) to get owners of older diesel vehicles to switch to electric cars, such as the Renault Zoe.

Any new scrappage scheme, or low-interest loans aimed at getting drivers out of older cars, would also provide a boost for models with new small-capacity turbo petrol engines; Peugeot, Citroen and Renault have all recently launched such petrol engines.

Berlin was the first city to move against polluting older vehicles, banning them from the city centre nearly five years ago.

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kraftwerk 29 June 2016

It's a bit of a pain in the derrière...

...as I'm planning on going there in my 91 Citroen CX in September. I bet les Gendarmes will be happy to make an exception.
Campervan 27 June 2016

What difference will this make

So from July the only vehicles banned will be privately owned vehicles of between 19 and 30 years age?
No effect on any company owned vehicle? No effect upon any commercial vehicle? No effect on any state owned vehicle?
Daniel Joseph 27 June 2016

Numbers again?

Campervan wrote:

So from July the only vehicles banned will be privately owned vehicles of between 19 and 30 years age?
No effect on any company owned vehicle? No effect upon any commercial vehicle? No effect on any state owned vehicle?

Again regarding numbers, I would guess that there are very few company/commercial vehicles older than 19 years still in regular use.

Daniel Joseph 27 June 2016

All about numbers?

Arbitrarily banning cars registered between 1987 and 1997 at first glance looks incoherent, but I guess it's a question of numbers. There are probably lots of "old bangers" in that age range, but relatively few pre-1987 cars remaining, and those that do remain are likely to be cherished.

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