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Paris to Ban SUV’s?

The City of Lights could soon become the city without S.U.V.’s.

Government officials in Paris are considering putting in effect a series of regulations that would heavily tax, or completely ban, S.U.V.’s and high-polluting, old diesel vehicles from entering the city center.

That’s some recent news from perhaps my favorite city on the planet. One more reason to love it.

I love this quote from the NYTimes piece:

“I’m sorry, but having a sport utility vehicle in a city makes no sense,” said Denis Baupin, deputy mayor of Paris, in an interview with RTL radio from December. “Sell it and buy a vehicle that’s compatible with city life,” Mr. Baupin advised owners of high-polluting vehicles.

Read the full story here: Paris Considers a Ban on S.U.V.’s.

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  1. Let’s hope Paris does ban SUVs – they have no place in our towns or cities.
    I’ve long argued that SUV drivers should pay higher penalties if found speeding in built up areas because of the much higher risk they pose to young pedestrians and cyclists; a child has a 100% higher chance of being killed by an SUV than a car travelling at the same speed.

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