Paris ban for all pre-1997 cars does not apply to classic vehicles image

Classic cars older than 30 years will be exempt from the upcoming weekdays old-vehicles ban imposed by the Parisian authorities.

Paris have decided to fight against heavy air pollution by forbidding all cars registered before 1997 to go on its streets from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. starting from July 1. The authorities have been considering this restriction since last year, but they have regulated it only this month. The Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE), the French arm of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, announced last week it reached an agreement with city officials to exempt historic vehicles from the ban. Under the terms, any vehicle 30 years old or older wearing a Carte Grise de Collection registration sticker will be allowed in the city at all times.

However, the so-called Youngtimers classic vehicles less than 30 years old will continue to be banned. FFVE said though it has scheduled further meetings with Paris officials to address a possible exemption for Youngtimers.

“I would imagine it happens differently in each city,” Gautam Sen, FIVA vice president of external relations said. “But everybody is kind of waiting for the Paris Accord, if you can call it that.” As an example, he cited Delhi’s existing no-exception ban of all cars 15 years and older from that city. “Once the Paris agreement is on paper, I’d like to take that to Delhi and say, ‘This is what Paris is doing.”

The French capital plans for even greater embargos from 2020, when all the cars registered before 2011 are forbidden during the week.

Via Motor1