Saturday, December 10, 2016

Paris lifts traffic restriction due to expected improvement in air quality

Alternating traffic imposed in Ile-de-France region since Dec. 6 on high pollution level, will be removed over the weekend due to an expected improvement in air quality, Paris prefecture said on Friday.

"Given more favorable forecasts, Paris prefecture, in agreement with Paris city hall... decided to lift alternating traffic from Friday midnight," it said in statement.

Meanwhile, it called on Parisians to limit the use of their cars due to uncertain weather conditions in the coming days and to avoid another period of high pollution.

Traffic has been restricted since Dec. 6 in Paris and in 22 neighboring municipalities as air pollution reached high levels due to increased pollutant of PM10, particulate matter measuring less than 10 micron.

Following a pollution peak, local authorities offered free public transport. They also encouraged the use of clean modes of transport such as Velib and Autolib, which are public sharing services for bicycles and electric cars.

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