Under proposals presented to the city council on Monday, Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoë intends to outlaw by September 2014 the use of cars and utility vehicles more than 17 years old and lorries or buses more than 18 years old.
Motorcycles built before 2004 will also be forbidden, as the mayor said they were the “most polluting and noisiest”.
The ban extends to anywhere within the A86 beltway. The motivation:
They are part of a plan to turn Paris into a Low Emission Zone, cutting emissions by 30 per cent by 2015. Failure to comply with European air pollution norms could see Brussels slap a €100 million fine on France in 2016.
And inevitably, the punchline:
Users of old cars are only thought to account for three per cent of the 4.5 million or so vehicles in the Paris region.
But of course.
(Via Tim Blair.)