Recent report indicates that Paris mayor wants to ban cars over 17-years old in a move to reduce pollution.

Paris mayor wants to turn the city and its surrounding areas into a clean air zone by banning old vehicles to lower pollution.

French politician Bertrand Delanoë has launched this proposition to the French government as a measure to avoid being fined due to excessive air pollution by the European Commission. If approved, cars over 17-years old won’t be allowed in Paris anymore, along with heavy commercial vehicles that are over 18-years old and two-wheelers over 10-years old.

As an incentive, Delanoë promises to offer those who trade in an old car a free three-month pass to Auto’Lib, an EV sharing program. More importantly, the government would implement and fund a cash-for-clunkers program.

Obviously, some have criticized Delanoë proposal, describing it as a “witch hunt” that will penalize low-income families. Pierre Chasseray, spokesman for a non-profit organization, says that only three percent of all cars in France (not just Paris) are over 17-years old, which means that the benefit of this banning would be minimal.

If approved, this ban will take effect in the second half of 2014.

Paris mayor wants to ban cars over 17-years old - report