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French classic car owners living in and around the city of Paris, France, can rejoice as the ban on vehicles manufactured before 1997 entering the city centre will not apply to registered classic cars that are more than 30 years old. The Federation Francaise des vehicules D’Epoque (FFVE) announced this on its website last week after an agreement was reached with city authorities to exempt classic cars from the ban.

Scheduled to come in force on July 1, the ban on pre-1997 vehicles – as well as motorcycles made before 1999 – entering Paris is an attempt by authorities to reduce the amount of emissions in the city centre. The edict was passed by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Groupement des autorités responsables de transport (GART) – which represents local officials – in collaboration with the French ministry of environment.

According to the regulations, vehicles entering Paris will have to display one of six stickers, which indicate the emissions level of the vehicle. This determines when and where the vehicle can be driven inside Paris.

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Currently, the rules call for pre-1997 vehicles to be banned from 8 am until 8 pm on weekdays, not including public holidays. “Class one” stickers, reserved for hydrogen- and electric-powered vehicles, allows for entry into the city at all hours.

With the exemption on classic cars, owners will have to display a carte gris de collection sticker to be able to drive in the city at all times. This is available on application at Paris city hall by providing proof of classic vehicle ownership and registration.

The FFVE – along with the umbrella organisation for classic cars, the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) – is strongly advocating world cities to recognise classic cars as historical and cultural artifacts. Gautam Sen, FIVA vice president of external relations, said that he hopes the Paris model will be an example for convincing other cities considering similar vehicle entry bans to make exemptions for historic vehicles.