French authorities introduce alternate driving days to cut pollution in Paris

French authorities introduce alternate driving days to cut pollution in Paris

Only cars with number plates ending in odd numbers will be allowed to run on Paris streets on Monday as the authorities are struggling to bring pollution in the French capital under control.

Nearly seven hundred police officers will be deployed at sixty checkpoints to make sure that only cars have odd-numbered registration plates run on the streets.

The restriction is all set to come into force across the capital city and its twenty-two surrounding areas from 5:30 am (0430 GMT) on Monday.

It is the first time in as many as twenty years that the authorities have introducing alternate driving days. In case the restriction remains in place on Tuesday, it will be the turn of cars with even-numbered registration plates.

However, electric and hybrid cars will enjoys exemption from the ban as well as any other vehicle carrying three or more people.

The move has been criticized by groups like Automobile Club Association (ACA) that counts nearly 760,000 members. Denouncing the move, ACA head Didier Bollecker termed the move as 'hasty and ineffective'.

Condemning the move, Bollecker argued, "This measure had no effect in any country where it was introduced. Drivers are being targeted even though heating is more polluting, but no one is asking for heating to be used on alternate days."

On Friday, the number of pollution particulates in the air (PM10) hit a high of 180 microgrammes per cubic metre, more than double of the prescribed safe limit of 80 per cubic metre. PM10 particulates are produced by heating, heavy industry and vehicles.


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