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Ozone-Alarm Causes Massive Driving Bans in Paris Except for (Electric) Bicycles

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PARIS, France – Yesterday and today driving bans are announced for big parts of Paris for almost all petrol engined vehicles. Due to high ozone levels, there is a concentration of pollutants in the greater Paris area. Such rising pollution level in huge cities like Paris is pushing the use of bicycles, and e-bikes in particular.

Ozone-Alarm Causes Massive Driving Bans in Paris Except for (Electric) Bicycles
Yesterday ‘Paris’ activated the environmental zone for the ‘Greater Paris’ area where over 12 million people live. – Photo Paris Municipal Council

Is it a sign of the near future with climate change resulting in ever more heat waves holding large parts of Europe in their grips leading to high air pollution levels? What is happening now in Paris is a notable example of this trend. It’s also an example of a municipal council that already took measures in 2016 to counteract the air pollution caused by traffic. The municipalities of Paris have set up an extensive system of badges for this. These indicate that the badge holder has the permission to drive within a certain area during a period of driving bans.

Environmental zone

Yesterday ‘Paris’ activated the environmental zone for the ‘Greater Paris’ area where over 12 million people live. 

Currently only petrol engines registered from 1997 and diesel passenger cars registered from 2006 may enter this zone. The rules are even stricter for buses, trucks and motorhomes – only vehicles with a registration date beginning from 01.10.2009 (EURO 5) are still permitted to drive within the environmental zone. Breaking the rules results in fines up to 375 euro. During the air pollution peak, there is a discounted day ticket for local public transport for only 3.80 euro.

Of course all this doesn’t apply to Parisians riding bicycles, e-bikes as well as e-scooters and other electric vehicles. Next to traffic congestion, rising air pollution levels are regarded as to bring a big push to the development and use of electric vehicles.

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