SUVs, Old Diesel Cars May Soon Be Outlawed in Paris

Do you feel SUVs have no place on heavily-congested big-city streets? Parisian officials do, too. A new law may soon prohibit vehicles that emit high amounts of harmful gasses within Paris’ city limits.

On paper, the pending legislation may be aimed at reducing the amount of pollution in the air, but it’s apparent that the city’s officials also have their sites aimed at decreasing the number of large vehicles within the city, namely SUVs. Older vehicles with diesel powertrains may also be subject to penalty under the new law.

“I’m sorry, but having a sport utility vehicle in a city makes no sense,” deputy mayor of Paris Denis Baupin told RTL radio in France. “Sell it and buy a vehicle that’s compatible with city life,” said Baupin to owners of incompatible vehicles.

Lyon, Grenoble, and Aix-en-Provence will join Paris in its efforts to reduce environmentally unfriendly — SUVs — within their cities. Details including exact borders, hours of the day, time of year, and penalties have yet to be finalized, but citizen living within or frequently visiting the cities should plan for the changes by late 2011 or early 2012.

London already has a low emission zone encompassing most of the city but currently only affects large trucks. Starting in 2012, London will further restrict its boundaries, charging drivers of most large vehicles a $155 daily fee just to enter the zone.

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