Paris allows classic cars to enter city

Paris allows classic cars to enter city image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Citroen | posted June 27, 2016 14:05

30 year old cars exempt from latest Paris ruling

Earlier this month, the city of Paris announced that they will be restricting older vehicles from entering the area starting July. This ruling affects both cars and motorcycles with the cut-off date for cars set at 1996 and motorcycles at 1999.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo however requested for classic or historic vehicles to be allowed on city streets on all days of the week. After weeks of deliberation, the Fédération Française des Véhicules d’Epoque (FFVE, French Federation of Vintage Vehicles) announced that Mayor Hidalgo's request has been has been signed off. In their ruling, classic cars are defined as cars built or registered before 1977 and fall under “touristic” usage. Owners will have to apply for a Carte Grise de Collection registration sticker (Collector's sticker) to be allowed entrance to the city at any time of the day. Also known as Oldtimers, the FFVE says these classic cars are also exempt from annual inspection and will only have to do so once every five years. Modern classic cars on the other hand are called Youngtimers and are not exempt from the new restriction rule in Paris. At the moment, further meetings have been scheduled for a possible extension of the exemption.

As for cars not part of the new ruling, owners caught driving pre-1997 (registered before December 31, 1996) cars will face a fine that ranges from 35 Euros to 350 Euros and the same applies to mopeds, scooters and motorcycles. These vehicles will not be allowed to travel within the city from 8 AM to 8 PM. The restriction is lifted during weekends. According to the city's records, up to 30,000 vehicles (both cars and motorcycles) will be affected by the new rule.

The new rule also exempts classics from Paris' aim of completely banning cars made before 1997 from entering the city. By 2020, the city will also be implementing a restriction on cars made before 2010.