Pollution Causes Paris Car Ban
After cold nights and warm days in Paris prevented pollution from dispersing, levels peaked on Friday at 180 microgrammes of PM10 particles per cubic metre way over the safe limit of 80 microgrammes. This prompted the French Government to impose strict restrictions on motorists where only those with an odd-numbered registration plate could drive on Monday. Public transport was made free, but those flouting the rules and driving anyway were faced with an £18 fine. After a 90% compliance rate and 700 extra traffic officers on the roads, weather conditions changed and the ban was lifted after only one day.
Excluded from the ban were electric and Hybrid cars. Electric cars are quietly growing in popularity with sales of fully electric cars nearly doubling in 2013 when compared to sales in 2012. However these sales still only represent 1.1% of the 2.26 million new cars that were registered in the UK last year. What’s putting us off ? Is it the fear of running out of battery or not knowing where the next charging station will be ? Are electric cars the way forward ? One star who seems to think so is Katy Perry who has reportedly just spent £300,000 on green vehicles for her assistants !
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20 March 2014
Written by Rivervale