Car restrictions resulting from dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have ceased, with levels dropping back below safe limits.
During the ban, which permitted only those with odd-numbered registration plates to use the roads from 5:30am Monday until midnight the same day, a reported total of 3859 motorists were fined 22 euro ($34) for driving when disallowed.
Overseas media reports France’s ecology minister Philippe Martin thanked the people of Paris for complying with the pollution-based action, claiming the restrictions had been successful with 90 per cent of Parisians cooperating.
According to reports, Martin insisted that no ‘chaos’ occurred, as had been feared following a similar exercise undertaken in 1997.
Put in place following five days of unsafe levels of PM10 particulates – those emitted by vehicles, heating systems and heavy industry – the restrictions were partnered with free public transport (in place since last Friday) at a reported cost of 4 million euro per day.
At their peak, PM10 particulate levels in Paris reached 180 micrograms per cubic metre – more than double the deemed 80µg/m³ ‘safe’ limit.