From today, all cars registered before 1997 are banned from Paris’ city centre during weekdays, in a bid to cut the capital’s crippling pollution issues.

The ban forms the part of a new initiative that will eventually see any car over 10-years-old disallowed from visiting the city.

By 2020, all vehicles will need to be registered before 2011 to qualify for access to the city.

Despite taking up just 10 per cent of all the vehicles on the roads in Paris, those cars registered before 1997 could generate nearly half of the city’s emissions. Diesel cars have already been banned from the city, as these provide the bulk of problems in terms of air quality.

Cars will be organised into six categories to determine their status, with electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles given ‘first class’ status.

Historic or vintage cars are included in the ban, though these drivers are able to use their cars on the weekends. This comes after a similar ban was introduced in Mexico City.

Paris also announced that it would be implementing a full system of electric scooters to go alongside its popular bike share program. Almost 1,000 of the scooters will be introduced to Paris’ streets, in an attempt to curb emissions while also providing drivers with a viable means of transport around the city.

With some of the worst pollution levels in Europe, Paris has been the subject of numerous air quality-improving measures, such as the closure of famous streets and routine car-free days.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

June 1, 2016

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