A partial driving restriction was imposed in Paris (France) and its inner suburbs based on license plate numbers


Monday 17th March 2014

A partial driving restriction was imposed in Paris (France) and its inner suburbs based on license plate numbers. The measure was issued by the city government in order to mitigate a peak in air pollution, caused by particulate matter (PM 10) attributable to vehicle emissions. Cars with even-numbered license plates and commercial vehicles over 3.5 tons were banned from entering the city from 5:30 a.m. until midnight. Electric and hybrid cars, natural gas-powered vehicles and carpools with three or more passengers were exempted.Only once before this type of restriction had been implemented in the city for one day in 1997. The week before the traffic restriction was imposed, the government also reduced speed limits around Paris by 20 km (12 mile) per hour, provided all public transportation for free, and the short-term subscriptions of the Vélib bike sharing program, and the first hour of the Autolib carsharing service were free. The measure was not extended to the following day due to the improvement of air quality


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