As you may have read, starting next Friday , July 1, Paris will ban vehicles older than 1997 to enter the city between 8 AM and 8 PM, Monday through Friday. This is a decision made to combat the rising air pollution levels. 

And this law will get even stricter with time, as in 2020 it will also affect cars registered before 2011. But there is a little door for car enthusiast. 

Classic cars will still be allowed in Paris and this law won’t affect them. The information was rumored several times in the last weeks, but now it was confirmed by Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE), the French arm of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA).

According to them vehicles older than 30 years wearing a Carte Grise de Collection registration sticker, or a collector’s’ sticker, will be allowed in Paris every day, at any time. Unfortunately the o-called Youngtimers, retro cars less than 30 years old, won’t be able to enter the city. But the FFVE are in discussions with Paris authorities to change the law even for the Youngtimers. 

“I would imagine it happens differently in each city. But everybody is kind of waiting for the Paris Accord, if you can call it that. Once the Paris agreement is on paper, I’d like to take that to Delhi and say, ‘This is what Paris is doing”, said Gautam Sen, FIVA vice president of external relations.

Source: FIVA