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Paris Is Now Banning All Pre-1997 Cars

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Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem.

The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe.

The ban on older cars was announced last year as part of a comprehensive plan that will eventually ensure that no cars more then 10 years old will ever be found on Paris s streets.

As with a similar ban in Mexico City, some people are outraged that older cars are targeted as they re usually owned by the city s poorest residents, who rely on those vehicles for their jobs.

About 1,000 Cityscoot scooters will make their way onto Paris s streets by the end of the summer, one of the biggest rollouts on the planet.

Now who wouldn t want to trade in their old diesel-guzzler for one of those?

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