The information has just fallen, the government is going to introduce new regulations on access for polluting vehicles in large cities, starting in 2012. Who is affected? Which cities are selected? We give you all the answers to these questions.
Within the framework of the Grenelle 2 law, Priority Action Zones for Air (ZAPA) will experiment with new practices aimed at preventing their access to polluting vehicles. The goal is toimprove air quality.
But, while the information has not been relayed much in the media, what does this mean for French people living in large cities?
The 8 cities concerned are Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand and Saint-Denis. Why these eight cities and not the others? According to a European directive, they do not meet air quality standards.
So, nearly 10 million vehicles would be affected by this new regulation. This applies to cars as well as two-wheelers or heavy goods vehicles. In total, it is estimated at 20% the percentage of vehicles considered to be polluting in the French car park.
A nomenclature classifying vehicles into 4 categories will be presented in order to define which vehicles belong to the most polluting class.
The ban could relate to a specific perimeter (district or district) or to the entire agglomeration. One or more categories of vehicles would then be concerned, the choice being left to the city in question.
Is this a warning or is the measure really applicable? Eight European countries have already implemented such a measure, notably in Great Britain and Sweden, the results prove that the level of emissions has decreased considerably. Obviously, pollution still exists but it is clear that the air quality is better.
With 20% of the vehicle fleet affected by this new regulation, it seems clear that we must react. The problem is financial. How to replace a polluting vehicle with an electric or low-emission car without breaking the bank?
This policy of improving air quality therefore seems interesting on paper but complicated to respect for all city-dwellers.
How will the controls be operated? Via surveillance cameras like in London, or rather by visual control of the police like in Germany?
We, on our side, have decided togive up the idea of using our car in town because in addition to the many constraints, it is a great way to save everyday!
No more refueling at exorbitant prices, the waste of time linked to heavy traffic and harmful pollution for the environment. We realized he was both more economical for us and better for the environment to make our journeys on foot or by bike, and to take public transport when the distance becomes greater.
We can assure you, the calculation is quickly done! Between carpooling, short-term rental and other means of transport, today there are many alternatives and are really more economical than using your car every day.