Paris bans old cars

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

PARIS: The French cap­i­tal banned old, ex­haust-belch­ing cars from its streets yes­ter­day in its on­go­ing war on air pol­lu­tion.

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists hope it will also drive dirty ve­hi­cles from the cen­tres of other Euro­pean cities.

Any car reg­is­tered be­fore 1997, will be barred from driv­ing on the city’s streets from Mon­day to Fri­day, from 8am to 8pm.

Some own­ers protested by park­ing their old dirty ve­hi­cles near the Na­tional Assem­bly and the Champs-Élysées to de­nounce a ban, which they say will hurt poor peo­ple the most.

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