Diesel Cars Made Before 2000 Banned In Paris

Paris has banned diesel cars and categorized them into 6 types to help curb air pollution.

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Air pollution is a problem not only in India, but in many parts of the world, including Paris. Of late, the city has banned all diesel cars made before 2000, and cars have been classified into six categories.

The six categories have details regarding the year of manufacturing, vehicle's registration, emission quantity as well as its energy efficiency. The highest level of certificate means that the car is not suitable to ply on city roads, while the lowest certification is given to zero emission cars.

As per the new law, diesel vehicles with a level 5 sticker are banned to travel in the city from Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm. An estimate states that around 6 percent of 32 million cars in France belong to this category (level 5).

Paris has taken several steps to curb air pollution, and earlier, had imposed an odd even policy, similar to what the Delhi government had imposed. This helped reduce particle pollution by 20 percent, and the law was withdrawn in 2016 after the number of cars on city roads did not reduce much.

The government also used various other methods like encouraging citizens to use public transports. The Mayor of Paris has also increased parking fees, in a bid to reduce air pollution.

A citizen can play his or her part too, to reduce air pollution and still own an exotic car, like the BMW i8 for example. Take a look at the image gallery below.

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