Paris Old Car Ban Starts Today

The Paris old car ban starts today, and it does include foreign vehicles – as does the new minimum wage for professional drivers in France.

Also, Battle Bus tour marks Somme centenary. New low emission stretch of Austria A1. Driverless buses for Russia World Cup. Brexit doubts on Dover development. Switzerland wants to replace fuel taxes with road tolls.

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PARIS OLD CAR BAN STARTS TODAY

Includes foreign cars but fines held off for three months.

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As of today (Friday 1 July) cars registered before 1 January 1997 – and commercial vehicles registered before 1 October 1997, and motorbikes before 1 June 1999 – are banned from central Paris during day time week days.

The ban also applies to foreign vehicles.

The area covered is inside the peripherique ring road – except the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes woods – from 08:00-20:00 Monday to Friday.

Outside these times and areas there are no restrictions except for 3.5t vehicles registered before 30 September 2001 which are banned permanently.

Fines kick in from 1 October 2016, at €35 for a car or bike (rising to €450 for a second offence).

From 1 July 2017 the fine increases to €68 for a car or bike and €135 for a commercial vehicle.

As of 1 September 2015 commercial vehicles 3.5t plus registered before 30 September 2001 were banned in central Paris, part of a rolling progressive ban on older vehicles set to run until 2020.

From 1 January 2017 the zone will be policed by windscreen ‘vignette’ stickers.

Until then, police may ask to see the registration document.

France: also today, the minimum wage for commercial drivers comes into force. The declaration form was finally published earlier this week (spool down for English). Firms need a representative in France – see EasyTrip.eu, for instance. The rules do not apply to self-employed owner drivers. Spanish hauliers have apparently been promised authorities will go easy initially.

Austria: the portion of A1 autobahn past Linz (Salzburg-Vienna) also has a new low emission requirement from today, though it applies only to trucks of less than Euro3 standard. See more at UrbanAccessReguations, including how to buy or order the correct windscreen sticker.

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Due to technical trouble the former London Transport ‘Battle Bus’ cannot make a tour of the Battle of the Somme front line this week as intended. Instead, the 102 year old B2737 – one of 900 such vehicles used to transport troops – is on display at Albert-Picardie airport, not far from Thiepval, site of the commemorations today to mark 100 years since the start of the battle. The five month conflict claimed more than one million lives including 19,240 Allied soldiers on the first day alone. B2737 is normally on display at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Follow along at @LTMBattleBus

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roundup: Moscow will, apparently, have driverless buses for the 2018 World Cup reports Moscow Times… Brexit naturally threatens further EU contributions to the ongoing redevelopment of Dover but the port’s chief executive Tim Waggott tells Kent Online today ‘the projects future is not, and never was, entirely dependent on EU funding.’ So far €36 million of a total €104 million EU grant to bolster the Dover-Calais route has been paid. The redevelopment shifts all cargo operations to the western port, freeing up capacity for existing ferry services at the Eastern Port. Ferry freight traffic is up 20 percent over the past two years at Dover and is expected to increase another 40 percent by 2030… Switzerland could abandon fuel taxes and the annual motorway vignette in favour of PAYG pay-as-you-go road tolls by 2030 says SwissInfo.ch. The government is looking to alter laws to allow for trials around the country though party-wide support is currently in doubt. Transport minister Doris Leuthard told a press conference earlier this week roads cannot cope with rush hour traffic. PAYG charges would see drivers priced off the roads at the busiest times. Governments all over the world are trying to square declining fuel tax revenues from more fuel efficient cars with increasing congestion.

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