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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road 405

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-drive-or-not-to-drive dept.
cartechboy writes "Pollution is becoming a very large issue in major cities due to the amount of vehicles on the road. To try and help this issue Paris just banned all vehicles on alternate odd and even license plates today and tomorrow. Of course, electric cars and hybrids are exempt from the new restrictions as they aren't part of the problem, rather they are seen as part of the solution. Naturally taxis, buses, emergency vehicles, and cars carrying three or more passengers (hooray for carpooling) are also exempt. High levels of particulate matter are blamed for all the various respiratory diseases, while higher oxides of nitrogen are a primary cause of smog. We'd have to say that this ban probably won't be the last one as traffic levels increase over time."
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

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  • Re:Paris had cars? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @03:12PM (#46509889)

    You built your cities so that biking, walking or taking the train isn't an option. That's that difference. Many people in Europe, most even, use cars daily, but they're not used for everything by everyone. If people want to take the train or ride a bicycle, they can, because the infrastructure exists. Imagine the traffic jams and the smog if these people also drove their cars everywhere.

  • Re:purchase time (Score:3, Informative)

    by tommyatomic (924744) on Monday March 17, 2014 @03:31PM (#46510167)

    Or you could go the legal route and buy a cheap car for the days when your primary vehicle cant be driven. Odd or even days respectively.

    Are they also going to ban all those bloody scooters in paris. Those things are cheap to drive and the exhaust is filthy.

  • by peppepz (1311345) on Monday March 17, 2014 @03:36PM (#46510219)
    This measure is not experimental, it has been used in Europe since the 80s. People won't buy another car to bypass the restriction because owning a car is very expensive (insurance, taxes, ...) and if you can afford that then probably you could as well pay the fines for ignoring the law. Less environment-friendly vehicles often can't enter the city centres at all, because there it's common to put restriction on car access depending on their "euro rating [wikipedia.org]".
  • Re:Carpooling (Score:4, Informative)

    by ThePhilips (752041) on Monday March 17, 2014 @03:55PM (#46510449) Homepage Journal

    Carpooling typically covers only the city itself.

    If you live in the city - then you normally take the mass transit.

    If you live outside the city, then you pick up your carpooling friends outside the city.

  • Re:Paris had cars? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Alarash (746254) on Monday March 17, 2014 @04:03PM (#46510557)

    Don't the that American ass. Poor you, Europeans are meanies and you totally don't deserve anything they say about you :(

    According to the World Bank [worldbank.org] (who's not known to be particularly anti-American), the per-capita oil consumption in the US in 2010 was 1,108 kilograms (clearly they are, in fact, anti-american for not using gallons). France sits at a whopping 113. UK 241. Germany 223. So yes, please, tell me more about the poor Americans who are not sucking up all the oil.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @04:04PM (#46510573)

    NYC is not the largest city on the continent, Mexico City is bigger.

  • Re:purchase time (Score:5, Informative)

    by twotacocombo (1529393) on Monday March 17, 2014 @04:21PM (#46510755)

    Are they also going to ban all those bloody scooters in paris. Those things are cheap to drive and the exhaust is filthy.

    Those things are serious polluters, both chemical and noise. There's nothing that ruins a nice stroll down the Seine like the grating buzz of a 2-stroke with CVT. And the way they just pile them on the sidewalks everywhere.. ugh.

  • Re:purchase time (Score:5, Informative)

    by timeOday (582209) on Monday March 17, 2014 @04:43PM (#46510955)
    No, because it's a ONE DAY BAN, and the first one since 1997. Even-numbered plates today, odd tomorrow. It's a specific measure for specific atmospheric conditions that made things smoggy in Paris at the moment.

    99% of the responses below (and above) are irrelevant because they ignore that very simple fact.

  • NYC (Score:5, Informative)

    by Brannon (221550) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:04PM (#46511119)

    My experience is that people who live outside of NYC think that NYC == "Manhattan" while people who live inside NYC think that NYC == {Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens}. The latter is the official definition, but apart from that all the boroughs are strongly connected by subway (or ferry/subway in the case of Staten Island), sNYC taxis & busses, NYC income tax, NYC schools, a single mayor and government, and a number of cultural factors (walking culture, bodegas, etc.).

    Which isn't to say that we're all one big happy family--people have strong allegiances to their borough, but I think most people in NYC feel like we are one city.

  • Re:Paris had cars? (Score:4, Informative)

    by AdamHaun (43173) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:22PM (#46511233) Journal

    Yet, [Houston doesn't] have the pollution problem of Paris, LA, Mexico City, or Beijing.

    Are you sure we don't? I looked at some EPA data [epa.gov], and it seems like on our bad days (in August) we're up in the particulate range that Paris is in now. We also have a lot of trouble with ozone. I'm pretty sure LA's air quality is better than ours now, or at least was for several years.

    I don't think comparing Houston to Mexico City or Beijing makes sense. They have a lot more people crammed into a smaller space with worse cars.

  • Re:Paris had cars? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Ralph Wiggam (22354) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:48PM (#46511427) Homepage

    The Pacific Electric Streetcars went out of business because they were slow, expensive, and unprofitable. The stretch from downtown LA to Santa Monica averaged 13 mph. That was good compared to your options in 1905. By the 1930s, it was horribly slow.

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/551/did-general-motors-destroy-the-la-mass-transit-system

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