Paris has been shut down to all but the cleanest vehicles due to rapidly rising ozone levels, reports GreenZones.
The environmental service said this morning that the ban applies today and tomorrow.
Vehicles with the Crit’Air badges 4 and 5 as well as all vehicles without a vignette may no longer enter. In addition, all vehicles over 3.5 t are not allowed to pass through!
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Due to high ozone levels, there is a concentration of pollutants in the greater Paris area. For this reason, the environmental zone has now been activated and currently only petrol engines registered from 1997 and diesel passenger cars registered from 2006 may enter.
The rules are even stricter for buses, trucks and motorhomes – only vehicles with a registration date beginning from 01.10.2009 (EURO 5) are still permitted to drive within the environmental zone.
The current driving bans were decided at very short notice because air pollution in the French capital was increasing rapidly. For the moment, the driving bans are decided for 2 days.
Tourists and international professional drivers should stay careful and keep themselves informed to avoid fines up to 375 euros. During the air pollution peak, there is a discounted day ticket for local public transport for only 3.80 euros.