‘MAIS NON, MON­SIEUR’: PARIS BANS CLAS­SICS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Cars reg­is­tered be­fore 1997 will be banned from Paris dur­ing week­days from 1 July. French bu­reau­crats have made the de­ci­sion to com­ply with strict an­tipol­lu­tion plans adopted by Paris in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Drivers must now dis­play coloured passes in their wind­screens show­ing how pol­lut­ing the ve­hi­cle is. If you don’t have a pass, or it’s of the wrong colour, you’ll get stopped by po­lice. If you are caught driv­ing a pre-1997 car on a week­day you will get fined €35 (£27), be­fore rising to €68 (£53) early in 2017. Clas­sics are al­lowed at week­ends.

Sev­eral mo­tor­ing groups on both sides of the Chan­nel have been up in arms about the sit­u­a­tion, with one French group, Mil­lions d’au­to­mo­bilistes, launch­ing a class ac­tion law suit against the plan. They ar­gue that the sys­tem is so­cially un­fair and pe­nalises the low­est in­come peo­ple of Paris, along with clas­sic car own­ers.

If your car is pre-1997, Paris doesn’t want it.

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