French ministers claim traffic experiment is a success after just 24 hours, saying pollution levels are within safe limit again
Martin said that 90% of Parisians had complied with the restrictions that disrupted their driving habits for the first time since 1997, after five straight days of dangerous smog over the capital. He insisted that there had been none of the chaos feared after the last such experiment 17 years ago.
Martin said the government decided against extending the restrictions because the weather conditions were improving and the pollution level would not breach the safe limit on Tuesday. But experts said it would take some time to determine the impact of the car ban on the pollution levels.
Minute particles of PM10 emitted by diesel exhausts, woodsmoke and industrial emissions are blamed for causing the smog. The level peaked last Friday at 180 microgrammes, more than double the safe limit of 80 microgrammes.