Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, is angling to ban cars built before 1997 and motorcycles more than 10 years old.
His proposal aims to reduce the largest remaining pollution source in Paris while making the city friendlier toward pedestrians. Not surprisingly, there are more than a few Parisians who don’t see eye-to-eye with him on the issue. Anyone who’s spent time in the city knows its streets are riddled with classic cars, all of which would be deemed illegal should the measure pass.
In fact, a spokesman for the city estimated some 367,000 would be affected should the idea be made law. But it’s more than a sweeping measure to rid the city and its suburbs of smoke belching diesels. It would also include introducing a bicycle rental service and and electric car rental system.
Be that as it may, it doesn’t have collectors or people who say they can’t afford a new car very impressed. Iconic French cars like the Citroën 2CV would be banned, something owners are understandably opposed to.
Proponents argue that cars which would be banned pollute disproportionately, especially with nitrogen oxide and diesel exhaust particles.
While Delanoë doesn’t have the authority to enforce the ban himself, a ministerial council will go over the details in January to render a decision.
[Source: The Telegraph]