Paris Car Free Day Sept 25

Imagine a city without cars. Well, that’s precisely what will happen in Paris on September 25, 2016, from 11am to 6pm, as the City of Light will be completely free of traffic on that day. Aptly named “La Journee Sans Voiture,” which means “a day without cars,” the event is meant to highlight the issue of pollution within the city.

Compared to the 2015 event, where only 11 of the city’s 20 arrondissements (districts) were closed, this year will see no one be allowed to drive a motorised vehicle through Paris. This includes electric cars, plus two and three-wheeled vehicles that are self-propelled. Emergency services such as ambulances and police vehicles however, are exempted for obvious reasons.

The move will allow Parisians and visitors alike to experience the city without car pollution, noise and customary traffic jams. City Hall announced that, “after the success of the Car Free Day last year, (officials) are renewing the event, expanding the scope to multiply by five the controlled sector in central Paris.”

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“By repeating the occasion, the city government expects to increase citizens’ awareness of the need to limit the use of cars and to show other big cities that they can and must develop concrete measures to fight against traffic-related air pollution,” it continued. The car-free dayd is the initiative of the independent NGO Paris Sans Voiture, Collectif Citoyen.

Other more “practical” measures to combat pollution in the city include banning vehicles made before 1997, heavy polluting vehicles such as buses, coaches and heavy transport registered before 2001 from its streets, as well as motorcycles made before 1999, from plying city roads from Monday to Friday.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Do you think such an event will be welcomed here in Malaysia?