The Metropole du Grand Paris council has decided to ban older diesel vehicles registered before the end of 2000 from the area within the A86 ring road. The area is home to some 5.6 million inhabitants and includes Paris and 79 municipalities.
The decision to turn the greater Paris area into a low emission zone will see the “Crit’Air” vignette system introduced, which identifies car’s age and pollutions levels with colour coded stickers. Vehicles sporting a Crit’Air 5 sticker, which covers the period from 1997 to 2000, as well as all vehicles without a sticker, will be banned from the area.
This measure is a step in the plan to gradually tighten regulation until only electric or hydrogen-fueled vehicles are on the roads in the area by 2030. Central Paris saw older diesel vehicles banned in July 2017.
Another 15 other French metropolitan areas including Lyon, Nice, Marseille and Toulouse have also agreed to curb emissions and install or improve low emission zones in urban areas by 2020.