Paris introduces colour-coded stickers for diesel vehicles…
Paris has announced its ‘Crit’Air’ program will see colour-coded stickers applied to diesel vehicles and ban some from entering the city.
PARIS, AND OTHER major European cities are struggling under a blanket of smog and authorities are blaming diesel cars. To that end, Paris has announced its ‘Crit’Air’ policy will introduce colour-coding for diesel cars and ban them, depending on the colour sticker they wear, from parts of the city.
According to a report on Reuters, the Paris municipal authorities have already reported that the colour-coding has been welcomed by police in the city and that they will now find it easy to control diesel cars in the city. The authorities are unable to predict just how many cars will be affected by this system.
The colour-coding system bans all diesel cars from Paris built between January 1997 and December 2000 (these cars will carry a grey sticker). This affects about six per cent of France’s 32 million cars.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hoped to extend the ban to all diesel cars built between 2001 and 2005 (those wearing a brown sticker). This is a staggering 14% of all of France’s cars.
It wasn’t that long ago that diesel cars were promoted across Europe as a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly fuel. But health authorities are blaming diesel cars for respiratory problems and a decrease in air quality across Europe, attributing thousands of deaths each year to emissions from diesel cars.
Paris is not the only city around the world (Madrid, Athens and Mexico City) that’s planning heavy controls of diesel cars to clean up the air in cities. The World Health Organisation claims around three million deaths every year can be attributed to outdoor air pollution.
Question: Will the colour-coding of diesel cars in Paris and subsequent banning of them from entering the city, kill the sale of diesel cars and speed up transition to more environmentally-friendly technologies?