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Paris resolution could ban SUVs

Wed 07 January 2004 | Back to news list

Paris city council has passed a resolution which could ban off-road vehicles within the next 18 months.

Under the resolution, SUVs (sports utility vehicles), which are becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe, could be banned from Paris city centre during peak pollution periods, and their owners denied residents' parking permits. Off-roaders could also be barred from protected areas like the Bois de Boulogne and the banks of the river Seine.

The plan, requires the approval of the city's police chief and is bound to meet stiff opposition. London's mayor, Ken Livingstone,  last month described 4x4 vehicles as "bad for London - completely unnecessary".

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