‘MAIS NON, MONSIEUR’: PARIS BANS CLASSICS
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.