Paris officials have announced that they will be banning all diesel cars made before the year 2000.
By banning diesel cars before that year, they hope to cut down on pollution levels in the city. The city suffers with large amounts of pollution because of cars, and they have attempted to cut down the levels with different tactics in the past.
One method saw Paris ban all cars from the roads for one day on September 25, 2016. This was seen as effective, but disruptive. Since then, officials have said that certain roads are out-of-bounds for cars on the first Sunday of certain months. The total amount of areas that are restricted rose from 13 to 22 last year in ongoing efforts to curb pollution.
The amount of cars affected in the new system is estimated to be around 6%, with options of public transportation, bicycles or similar, or a new car purchase being the only way around it. You can’t, for example, pay extra to have an older car in Paris anymore.
“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes, particularly for our most vulnerable citizens.”
ANNE HIDALGO – MAYOR OF PARIS
Since taking office in 2014, Anne Hidalgo – Mayor of Paris – has vowed to improve air quality in the city. The ‘day without cars’ last year contributed to a reduction in pollution by 40%, and further initiatives have seen improvements all round.
Other cities around the world have also vowed to ban their most polluting cars by 2025 including Mexico City, Madrid and Athens.