Generic French Motorcycle Protest

Generic French Motorcycle Protest

In a bid to reduce pollution in the city, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (a Socialist of course) is attempting to ban all motorcycle produced before 2000. She is also going to ban cars built before 1996. From what I can tell, as there has been little English reporting on this (or at least that is what Google reports), she pulled the dates for those bans from her …. Thin air.

This ban is all about age as it does not allow for upgrading your vehicles to current EU exhaust standards. But, if you cannot afford a new vehicle Paris will help you finance a new one or provide you accommodation on public transport.

So from my limited results research I was able to discern the following:

  1. The poor citizens of Paris are out of luck buying cheap vehicles.
  2. Any small businesses working on retrofitting exhausts are out of luck.
  3. The Socialist are going to buy your vote with low/no interest loans for your new bike. (and then raise taxes to pay for it)
  4. Vehicle dealerships are, most likely, the largest contributors to the Socialist Party in Paris.
  5. A year from now Comrade Mayor Hidalgo will be calling for a tax increase to support public transportation based on all the poor folks who cannot afford a vehicle.

Of course, as with all socialist and progressives, their good intentions are more important than if there are any actual results. I would be surprised if she is basing her proposed ban on actual science (or what is passing for it today). I would be very interested in seeing the air quality results 1 year after the ban is imposed. I am sure it will report that the air in Paris is 10,000% better now that the terrible vehicles have been removed… matter what the instrumentation really reports. Of course the real reason is for the state to be in your business and direct your life as they see fit and make you pay for that privilage.

This ban will go into effect April 2015 unless it is defeated by the city council on the 9th of February. The French Federation of Angry Bikers (I did not make that up) is going to attempt to shut down the roadways in Paris on the 8th of February in protest. Let us hope this craziness is stopped before it spreads to the rest of the world.

  1. Ah, good post, but you need to know a few things about our Gallic Cousins.
    All this is standard fare for the way that the French do things…The politicians have these big ideas, make a tremendous fuss about what will happen and propose an implementation date; The people then realise what is going on, make a big fuss, protest, set fire to a few things, dump milk, coal, sheep on the main roads into Paris, sing the Marseille and it all gets quickly dropped by the same politicians that thought it up in the first place!
    It’s all very normal and part of what makes France and the French such a great nation, their democracy is fronted by the ballot box, but acted by the feet of the population.
    Vive La France!

  2. Yea… your right. I just got worked up when I read the articles on this and put my burning thoughts to the keyboard. But, at the same time when I see stuff like this coming from people that have rarely, if ever, had real jobs (but have become millionaires somehow) I feel compelled to point it out.

  3. Chris says:

    Yuck! And here in Georgia, motorcycles are even allowed to use the HOV (car pool) lanes because they’re “fuel efficient vehicles”.

  4. rishere63 says:

    I can remember when we had 2 cycle screamers here in the states. Looked away for a minute and there all gone.

  5. Ryder says:

    Reblogged this on Zen and the Art of Moto Taxi Survival and commented:
    Now, this is interesting. Time for another protest! I wonder if it’s going to be hard to find a moto taxi at CDG during April…

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