Paris ban all odd-numbered cars for 24-hours

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Paris bans all odd-numbered cars from roads in 24-hour crackdown on emissions

A 24-hour traffic-regulating scheme in Paris that aims to halve the day’s emissions from road vehicles has been launched amid a crackdown on rocketing air pollution in the French capital.

Parisian police said that on Tuesday that only vehicles with even-numbered licence plate were allowed entry into Paris and its nearest suburbs.

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140 checkpoints were setup around the city to root out any odd-numbered cars and turn them back.

As part of the campaign, public transport was free all day to encourage its use.

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The initiative is part of mayor Anne Hidalgo’s push to fight Paris’ exceptionally high pollution and make the city more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme was implemented twice before, in 2014 and 2015. At different times affecting odd-numbered vehicles and then even-numbered vehicles.

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