& nbsp; Driving bans on Wednesday in Paris and Lille

& nbsp; Driving bans on Wednesday in Paris and Lille

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The landmark Arc de Triomphe in Paris is shrouded in fog. In the fight against bad air in Paris, the police issued driving bans for particularly environmentally harmful vehicles on Wednesday.

Paris In the fight against bad air in Paris, the police issued driving bans for particularly polluting vehicles on Wednesday. Cars with pollutant badges of 4 or 5 and without classification will then no longer be allowed to drive within the city center and in the suburbs from 5:30 a.m., as the Paris police prefecture announced on Tuesday. The driving ban applies to the inside of the second ring road, Autoroute 86, which surrounds the French capital. A similar driving ban should also apply in Lille for the first time on Wednesday, the AFP news agency said, citing the authorities.

In Paris, pollutant badges are mandatory for cars. The vignettes with colors from violet to gray are graded according to the level of pollution. Euro standards are decisive. Diesel cars with first registration before 2001 and petrol cars with year of construction before 1997 are not allowed to drive anywhere during the day anyway. The rules will become even stricter from the middle of the year. The capital wants to be completely free of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030.

"Good news for all Parisians and French who have been victims of record pollution levels last week," Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote on Twitter. Further measures on Wednesday include speed limits and the suspension of exemptions for the incineration of "green waste" outdoors. For a long time there was a rotation system in Paris with strong smog, in which cars with even or odd numbers on the license plates were excluded from traffic on a daily basis. For some time now, driving bans have been based on vignettes.