Will Paris show us the future of cities on Sunday? This Sunday, the city of love and lights celebrates its car-free Sunday.
This means that driving a car is forbidden throughout the city. It doesn't matter whether it's a car, bus or truck, diesel or petrol - even for electric cars the driving ban applies! In some areas residents, public transport and taxis will still be allowed to drive at a speed limit of 30Kmh. For the rest of the traffic this will mean a complete one-day time-out. It is also irrelevant whether you have a valid French sticker (Certificat qualité de l'Air) or not. All over the world, metropolises are now breaking new ground when it comes to traffic planning. Berlin also tested its car-free day with several car-free streets (we reported).
Paris is going to put a few more things on top of it when traffic stops between 11am and 6pm next Sunday. This is what consistent traffic planning a la France looks like - other countries can only take off their proverbial hats in amazement and take a look at the example. An offence will be really expensive because the French legislator provides for a fine of 135€ in cases of non-compliance on Sunday! So the Sunday trip to Paris can quickly become a nuisance.
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