From 1 July, all cars registered before 1997 are now banned from enterning or moving around the romantic French capital.

International Business Times reported that a new law has been enforced from 1 July, prohibiting all cars that are older than 1997 to be driven in Paris' city centre. If you violate the law and drive through Paris during weekdays (Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm), you will be fined. Same goes for all motorcycles registered before 1999. It was also reoprted that the ban will become even stricter in the coming years. By 2020, the ban will also include cars that were registered prior to 2010.

While air pollution is a large-scale problem that is also caused by harmful fuel emissions that are directly responsible for the deaths of around 3.7 million people worldwide and 42,000 deaths per year in France (according to France's public health agency), this ban will cause other problems. The poorest people will, again, suffer the most, as they cannot afford to buy new, eco-friendly cars. 

Getting caught in a 19-year-old car (or older) will end up in fines of up to €35 ($39). As of January 1st, 2017, however, the fine will rise to €78.

July 7, 2016 Living photo: Profimedia

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