July 31, 2021

The most polluting vehicles will soon no longer be able to circulate during the day around Greater Paris

The oldest diesel and gasoline engines of vehicles with Crit’Air 4 and higher stickers will no longer be able to operate during the week from Tuesday 1is June in the low emission zone (ZFE) of Greater Paris.

The measure concerns private vehicles (cars or two-wheelers) and light commercial vehicles classified Crit’Air 4, 5 and not classified. They will no longer be able to travel during the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., excluding public holidays, in a large area located inside the A86 motorway which forms a wide loop around Paris. Concretely, these are: Euro 1, 2 or 3 diesel vehicles, registered before December 31, 2005, and petrol vehicles registered before December 31, 1996. For heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, this prohibition is valid for all vehicles. days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

68 euros fine

Originally scheduled for 1is December 2020, the ban already in force in Paris had been postponed by six months to “Reasons which relate in particular to the pandemic”, according to the Metropolis of Greater Paris.

Non-compliant private vehicles risk a third-class fine, i.e. 68 euros. “We are in a phase of information and awareness of this new object that are the EPZs and that the French are discovering”, so “The communities all provide for phases of educational checks”, underlined the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

“The government has proposed to communities the development of computer-assisted video tagging, but this solution is not desired by the communities”, also specified the ministry. Currently under study, this technique should not be implemented until the end of 2021. Work is also taking place in parallel “To set up a long-lasting“ automated sanction control ”solution, which requires a lot of development work to approve radars and build an automated and reliable information chain”, which takes into account in particular the derogations for vehicles on “White list”, added the ministry.

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Extension of the system, but exceptions

“Already adopted by 247 European cities and metropolises, this device is recognized as particularly effective in reducing emissions from road traffic, one of the main sources of pollution in cities”, insisted the Metropolis of Greater Paris on Monday in a press release.

This ban must be gradually extended to other stickers: vehicles classified Crit’Air 3 will be added from July 2022 and Crit’Air 2 in January 2024.

Several exceptions are foreseen. The ban on driving in the low-emission zone does not apply to cardholders “Mobility inclusion” with the mention “Parking for the disabled”, nor to collection vehicles, emergency vehicles, or vehicles used to supply markets, or for removals, cultural events or filming.

The Greater Paris Metropolis also provides for exemptions in favor of professionals affected by the health crisis, upon proof: vehicles of companies having benefited from a loan guaranteed by the State, from the solidarity fund or from regional measures are concerned. Ile-de-France.

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The World with AFP