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Brussels and Paris call for Europe-wide Car-Free Day

20:48 15/09/2018

The mayors of Brussels and Paris have called on other cities to follow their lead and implement a Europe-wide Car-Free Day.

Motor vehicles were banned in both capital cities on Sunday. In a joint statement, Philippe Close and Anne Hidalgo said: "We propose to set up a European Car-Free Day so that a thousand car-free days will flourish across Europe."

The two mayors pointed to European Heritage Days as an example of how cities all over the continent can unite around a common cause.

"Faced with the emergency of climate change and the health impact of pollution, cities need fresh new perspectives. A day without cars is a good example," they added.

Written by The Bulletin



Whatever you think of car-free Sunday, and I happily admit to being a fan, you have to wonder about the police.

Yesterday, in St Josse, we saw a police car ignoring all the other cars driving without a permit while shouting out the window at pedestrians to get off the road because "Les règles sont les mêmes".

Sep 17, 2018 10:07

How do you know the cars were driving without a permit? There were about 21,000 permits approved for those on duty, doing emergency work, taxis (I suppose), etc.

Sep 17, 2018 11:58

Because the permits have to be displayed in the front windscreen, and they were not taxis, buses, ambulances, police cars or other emergency vehicles.

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