Call for car-free day:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Europe should hold an an­nual car-free day in a bid to ease air pol­lu­tion, the may­ors of Paris and Brus­sels said Satur­day on the eve of a ve­hi­cle-free day in their cities.

The call came in a joint state­ment by Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo and her coun­ter­part in Brus­sels, Philippe Close, in which the two pointed to “the ur­gency of cli­mate is­sues and the health im­pact of pol­lu­tion”.

Both cap­i­tals will on Sun­day hold their an­nual car-free day as part of the Euro­pean Her­itage Days 2018, a week­end of cul­tural events staged ev­ery year in coun­tries through­out the bloc.

In Paris, City Hall had on Fri­day said six ar­eas at the heart of the cap­i­tal would re­main traf­fic-free on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month, in­clud­ing Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis, Lou­vre, Opera, Chatelet and the Marais.

The plan will kick in from Oct 7, with cars only al­lowed on the ma­jor roads cross­ing th­ese neigh­bour­hoods. (AFP)

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