In a bid to curb Paris’ on-going air pollution problem, mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced that all passenger cars built before January of 1997 will be banned from entering the city limits starting on July 1st, 2016.
Cars registered before 1997 will be initially banned from Paris from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays. The ban will gradually be extended over the following years and, by 2020, select models (including older gasoline-powered cars and diesel-powered cars built before 2011) will be banned from Paris altogether.
Government officials interviewed by Reuters estimate that about one out of every seven cars currently registered in Paris was built before 1997. However, Hidalgo has not suggested that an exception to the rule will be made for vintage cars which essentially means that driving a classic in the French capital will be illegal in about a year and a half. A 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV will fall in the same category as a diesel-powered 1994 Peugeot 205.
How the ban will be enforced and what the penalties will be for violating it will be announced at a later date.
A similar ban will be applied to both light and heavy commercial vehicles built before 2001 and two-wheelers built before 2000.