Paris Anti-Pollution Car Ban Lasts Only One Day
Paris has a problem– and no, it’s not fat American tourists. Because of the many diesel vehicles in personal and commercial use, there is a dangerously high amount of air pollution. To combat this pollution, Paris officials enacted a ban on half the cars in the city. It lasted a day, so does that mean it worked? Maybe. And maybe not. According to the Guardian, only license plates that ended in odd numbers were allowed to drive in Paris this past Monday. 700 police had been assigned to start checking plates beginning at dawn. Apparently, 90% of Parisian complied, as 3,859 drivers were fined by the afternoon. The fine was 22 Euro ($30). RELATED: See Photos of the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France
A statement from Ecology Minister Philippe Martin simply read, “Bravo, and thank you.” According to officials, pollution was down below safe levels, resulting in the end to the ban. But it had to be more complicated than that. It is possible that favorable weather was able to disperse some of the pollution, making the 1-day ban even more effective.
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There is also the fact that the ban was not very popular. 64% of Parisians are against the ban, so officials may have seen one day as a compromise between political damage and environmental salvage. Still, officials say public transit use was up, which will continue to be the optimal method of transportation in cities in the years ahead.
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