Paris red-lights diesel cars, fighting regular smog

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The French capital has on Monday introduced new limitations to diesel vehicles in the city centre, as Paris has been labelled most polluter western European capital.

French news agency AFP reports that since July 1, Paris’ authorities have prohibited all diesel vehicles, including motorbikes and trucks aged 13 years or over from the city centre, after diesel vehicles over 18 years old and petrol vehicles over 21 years old are already banned in the whole of Paris.

Dutch-based nature conservation organisation Greenpeace has listed Paris as the worst western European capital for small particle air pollution in 2018. AFP reports that the French capital city that is regularly shrouded in smog.

Fines for old diesels

Drivers who flout the new traffic restrictions in central Paris, which were trialled during last week’s heatwave, would be fined 68 euros or 135 euros for trucks and buses.

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