Pre-1997 cars forbidden in central Paris to cut emissions

Paris banPre-1997 cars forbidden in central Paris to cut emissions

A fairly direct way to eliminate air pollution from car exhaust emissions is to simply get rid of the cars themselves.

Next month, Paris officials will attempt to do just that.

Beginning July 1, all cars registered before 1997 will be banned from the city center on weekdays.

The ban also applies to motorcycles registered before 2000.

The Paris car ban is made possible by a new system for rating cars based on their levels of exhaust emissions, reports Le Monde (via CNET).

Cars will display colored stickers on their windshields corresponding to one of six categories for exhaust emissions.

Paris has declared temporary car bans before, in response to particularly bad smog conditions.

The last ban, in March 2014, removed half of internal-combustion cars from the city’s streets for one day, and other half on a second day.

Hybrids and electric cars were exempt from the ban.

The Paris government also declared a “day without cars” last September.

All non-electric cars were banned from the city center for seven hours that day.

In addition to the standing ban on older cars, Mayor Anne Hidalgo hopes to continue with car-free days, eventually expanding them to larger areas of the city.

 

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LA’s New Police Cruiser

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The Los Angeles Police Department began testing two Model S P85D sedans last year, leading to a speculative report on Tesla’s interest in the police-car market by CNBC.

Electric police cars could save city governments money on fuel, and reduce air pollution.

Their lack of engine noise could also reduce stress among officers, and make it easier to sneak up on the bad guys.

article appeared in Green Car Reports