The Mayor of Paris is heading up plans to ban cars aged 17 years and older from driving in the French capital. The proposals have been drawn up to help improve air quality in the city.
The plans would inhibit old vehicles from driving within the Peripherique – the inner ring road in Paris – and would be introduced in September 2014.
Motorbikes over eight years old would also be banned. The initiative will run in conjunction with a scrappage scheme, incentivising buyers to trading their old car for a new, more efficient vehicle.
Unsurprisingly, the plans have already sparked outrage from French drivers, with claims that the scheme would turn central Paris into “an island for the rich”.
Around 4.5 million vehicles are used in Paris, with 3% aged 17 years or greater – it sounds a small figure but that works out to 135,000 cars, vans, lorries and buses.
The scheme is part of a plan to turn Paris into a Low Emissions Zone (similar to that centred around London) by 2015 – in cutting pollution by nearly a third it’ll see France escape heft EU fines.
So will we see the end of the humble Citroen 2CV ambling through Parisian thoroughfares and nippy little Renault 4s and 5s zipping in and out of congested traffic? We’ll just have to wait and see…
PASSENGER RESTRICTIONS FOR YOUNG DRIVERS
New Government plans could see young drivers having to wait up to nine months to carry friends as passengers in their cars.
New guidelines proposed by the Association of British Insurers in a bid to help slash teenage road deaths would see only family members allowed to travel with newly qualified drivers.
The latest push to cut fatal accidents follows a rise in the number of people killed on the UK’s roads last year – up for the first time since 2003 – and a poor governmental response to a Transport Select Committee road safety report earlier in the year.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told The Daily Telegraph:
“I read regular reports where three or four young people have been killed in a car, and it’s a new driver, and you wonder what happened.
“They are not drivers with a huge amount of experience by the very fact of their being new drivers. I think we have got to look at that.
“There is a suggestion as to whether you should look at a restriction whether anyone could carry passengers for six or nine months when they have first passed their test.”
It is also thought McLoughlin could consider a total ban on adolescent drivers carrying any passengers.
Although ABI statistics show one in eight drivers in the UK are under 25 years old but account for one third of motorists killed every year, many believe the problem is due to a lack of experience.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists is therefore calling for a widening of the driving test to include a focus on rural roads – where most young drivers are killed or seriously injured.
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