Parisian car ban to tackle smog

Parisian car ban to tackle smog

Officials in Paris have banned around half of the city's cars and trucks from its streets in an effort to clear the toxic smog that has shrouded the city for over a week.

Cars with even-numbered registration plates were banned from driving in Paris and its suburbs on Monday, after an emergency announcement from the French Government over the weekend.

Around 700 police officers were out in force on the city's streets handing out tickets to anyone who broke the ban. Taxis and commercial vehicles were not included.

It is the first time since 1997 that the Government has implemented such a ban.

Odd-numbered vehicles will be banned later in the week if the pollution levels remain. Public transport across the city has been made free for a fourth day to help deal with the problem.

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