Paris mayor plans to ban old motorcycles, cars, SUVs and trucks from the city image

Hard days are coming for motorists in the French capital, as the Paris mayor plans to ban classic cars, motorcycles and trucks from the city within two years.

Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoe says the move is needed in order to cut pollution, while opponents claim it is “anti-social, anti-suburban and anti-motorist”.

Under proposals presented to the city council on Monday, the mayor intends to ban by September 2014 the use of cars and utility vehicles more than 17 years old and of lorries or buses more than 18 years old. Delanoe also wants to ban motorcycles built before 2004, labelling them as “the most polluting and noisiest”.

The ban for old vehicles will apply to the zone inside the A86 motorway that surrounds the French capital. If the proposed measures are enforced, classsic old cars like the Citroen 2CV, Peugeot 205 and Renault 4 will remain only a beautiful memory for Paris motorists. Not to mention the buzzing old Vespas and other two-wheelers considered to be too dirty for the city.

The proposals are part of a comprehensive plan for the city to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2015. If it fails to do so, the EU would fine France 100 million euros.