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In a bid to reduce urban pollution in its city centre during the working week, the city of Paris has issued an edict to ban vehicles made before 1997, as well as motorcycles made before 1999, from plying city roads from Monday to Friday. This follows an earlier edict in July 2015 that banned heavy polluting vehicles such as buses, coaches and heavy transport registered before 2001 from its streets.

As reported by French daily Le Monde, the edict was passed by the mayor of Paris and the Groupement des autorités responsables de transport (GART) – which represents local officials – in collaboration with the French ministry of environment, and will take effect from July 1.

In addition to the banning of older vehicles from its streets, vehicles are also subject to a classification system that places a sticker on the windshield indicating the vehicle’s pollutant level. The six classes of sticker – with pre-1997 vehicles not being issued with one – will allow vehicles that meet approved pollutant categories into the city’s restricted traffic zone.

Non-compliant vehicles found inside the restricted zone will be subject to enforcement from October 1, with a fine of 35 euros (RM162) in the first phase, rising to 68 euros (RM314) for passenger vehicles and 135 euros (RM624) for trucks at the beginning of 2017.

While it is anticipated that the measure will reduce the level of pollution in the Paris city centre, some motorists are not as welcoming, citing that the move will affect the poor – those who are least able to afford a new vehicle, but still need some form of transportation for the work commute.