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Police officers control cars with number plates ending in even numbers in Paris today Credit: Mousse/ABACAPRESS.COM

The government made the decision after air pollution levels exceeded safe levels for 5 days in a row in the French capital. French experts say the move - last used in 1997 - does have an impact on improving air quality.

An information board shows 'Traffic banned to even' in Paris today Credit: Mousse/ABACA

Public transport was made free of charge on Friday and today in an attempt to encourage Parisians to leave their cars at home.

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Over £1m raised through Operation Cubo vehicle seizures

The enormous haul of uninsured vehicles seized from drivers cuts across the spectrum from Fords to Ferraris. Luxury vehicles seized over the past year have also included Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porches, Rolls Royce's and a Lamborghini.

In excess of £1million has been raised to date through the scrap and auction of thousands of vehicles seized under Operation Cubo, with money raised over and above the total costs of operational activity going directly back into frontline policing.

This includes the funding of a new intelligence team made up of police officers dedicated to furthering the work of Operation Cubo and additional technology such as cutting edge ID scanners used at pounds to detect fraudulent documents.

Over 1,250 police officers target rogue drivers

Over 1,250 police officers are taking part in a coordinated series of operations targeting those drivers who are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, who are five times more likely to be involved in collisions and less likely to have vehicles in a road worthy condition.

Since the Met Police Commissioner launched Operation Cubo in October 2011 as part of his commitment to target criminals and disrupt their activities, the total number of vehicles seized has risen to more than 44,000 - the most the Met has ever seized in one year.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested under Cubo for offences including rape, possession of illegal firearms, money laundering and drugs. Firearms, other weapons and large quantities of cash and drugs have also been recovered.

Warning to rogue drivers who drive illegally in London

The Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson are appearing next to seized and crushed cars in a graphic warning to rogue motorists, demonstrating what could happen to your vehicle if you drive illegally in the capital.

The event takes place on the same day the 14th day of action under Operation Cubo gets underway across London.

Hundreds of officers taking part in a coordinated series of operations targeting those drivers who are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, five times more likely to be involved in collisions and less likely to have their vehicles in a road worthy condition.

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