March 17, 2014
ON THE OTHER HAND, THE METRO'S FREE:Air Quality Woes May Finally Force Paris to Rethink its Love Affair with Deisel (Feargus O'Sullivan, 3/17/14, The Atlantic)
After highly polluted air became trapped close to the ground across France last week by unseasonably warm weather, authorities introduced free public transport over the weekend in Paris, Bordeaux, Caen, and Rouen. Now Paris has announced that only cars with odd numbered registration plates will be allowed to drive as of 5:30 this morning. To enforce the ban, police patrols will monitor traffic and dole out €22 fines to transgressors. Should poor air quality continue--and it's highly likely it will--on Tuesday cars with even numbered registration plates will take to the roads alone. Many are already asking whether the temporary ban will really work, and whether such short-term measures will be enough.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 17, 2014 3:02 PM