According to the latest news, the French capital city of Paris is putting the kibosh on all vehicles manufactured prior to 1997.
Paris and Parisians are sick and tired of the smog problem that is haunting the city. Smog is of course smoke plus fog. Among the palliative measures that the local authorities have taken are removing half of the cars off the roads and the introduction of days when there would be no cars on the roads. Also renowned streets are regularly declared off limits to vehicles.
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Yet despite all these stringent measures, Paris has one of the worst pollution levels in all of Europe. Finally, the powers that be are thinking of applying an even more radical and extreme step for the resolution of the issue at hand.
This is to ban all the old cars from the streets of Paris. When the 1st of July will roll in, all cars registered before 1997 as well as motorcycles registered before 2000 will be banned from the roads during the usual routine days of the week, according to Le Monde (via Gizmodo).
The maximum the cars’ models could go back to is a manufacturing date that is a decade ago from now. This is an instance of tough rules if ever there were any.
By the time the year 2020 rolls in, most of the cars will have to be those which are registered after 2011. The basic echelons of the vehicles will be determined using color-coded identity marks.
There are up to six different grades of cars according to this color-coded system. The pre-1997 cars don’t count for a lot of vehicles in the first place. A mere 10% of the cars are from this era in time.
However, these old gas guzzlers tend to cause more than half of the pollution extant in the city limits. Paris has already voted and given the thumbs down to diesel for fuel. It is bad for the lungs and the atmosphere becomes hazardous thanks to its deleterious effects.
So those who have vintage Citroens, while they can drive them during the weekly holidays, they cannot take them out for a spin anytime within the usual workweek.
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The only issue is that many citizens are rather angry at this change of policy. Since these old cars are used by some of the poorest residents of the city, the main complaint is that they are being targeted simply due to the fact that they exist below the poverty line. These residents are reliant on their old cars for their jobs. To ban these cars would be a grave injustice for those who are already down and out.