Authorities in Paris have implemented a temporary car ban as a method to lower pollution levels.

Authorities in Paris have implemented a temporary car ban as a method to lower pollution levels.

The car ban is applicable today in France's capital for cars with even-numbered license plates and if the ban will be prolonged for tomorrow it will be the turn of cars with odd-numbered plates to remain parked throughout the entire day.

This drastic decision which also affects motorcycles has been taken as a result of worrying pollution levels that exceeded safe limits in the last five days in Paris as well as surrounding areas. Due to a combination of cold nights and warm days, smoggy conditions were formed and didn't allow the air pollution to disperse.

A similar ban was implemented in 1997 and according to city's air quality monitoring body Airparif it was an effective measure, even though the decision was heavily criticized. The ongoing ban came into force at 04:30 GMT will end on midnight and does not affect hybrid and electric cars as well as vehicles which carry at least three passengers.

If such bans will become the norm in Paris, expect some people to purchase cheap used cars with odd/even license plates which obviously will only increase pollution since older vehicles do more harm to the environment. 

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