France implements pollution control measures in wake of heat wave


The heat wave that has held France and much of Europe in its grip this week has caused authorities in Paris to implement a series of pollution limiting measures.

According to an article on, Parisian officials rolled out restrictions that limited driving in and around the French capitol on June 22. Residents were urged to leave their cars in their parking spaces as a means to lower air pollution levels, which have reached their peak due to the record heat currently being experienced in the region.

An alternative-day driving ban was also imposed, and vehicles producing the highest levels of pollution can not be used at all. Law enforcement officers lowered the speed limits in some sections of the city while large delivery trucks were forced to take alternative routes, according to France24.

Velib', the bike-sharing service that serves Paris, was available to users at no cost on both June 21 and 22, said Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Regional transportation provider RAIP reduced fares for the second day in a row on Thursday. Riders were able to purchase an all-day pass that serves Paris and its outlying suburbs for 3.80. The pass, which covers service to all five of the city's zones, normally costs 24.50.

A total of 30 departments across France were under a high ozone alert, which triggered other cities to implement pollution limiting measures similar to Paris'. In southern Marseille, speed limits were reduced by 20 kilometers an hour while the trans portion network in the City of Lille also slashed its fares.

The heat waves is being blamed for forest fires in Portugal and Italian officials say it could bring the hottest temperatures that country has seen in 15 years. Great Britain logged five consecutive days of temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius during the month of June since 1995.

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