ZFE in Toulouse. The mayor is asking the state to double aid for clean vehicles
By Guillaume Laurence
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while Low Emission Zone (ZFE) of Toulouse Since the beginning of the year, the hot topic of the moment of a new goodbye was invited to surprise members of the press with the wishes of the mayor. Jean-Luc Moudenc, This is Thursday, January 5, 2023. As a reminder, since New Year’s Day, the first private vehicles are now banned from entering the Pink City: all demonstrators Crit’air 4, 5 and unrated vignettes (the most polluting) can no longer circulate in Toulouse, but also in a part of Tournefeuille and Colomiers. And be it passenger cars, motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles.
“The outstanding balance is still very important”
But while state and local communities are doing it helps motivate drivers The transition to electric or hybrid vehicles, many households are still resisting high price about such an investment: “We understand very well that even with the accumulation of aid today, the rest to be paid is still very important for our humblest compatriots,” says Jean-Luc Moudenc.
If he believes that his community was “expected” and remembers that he “voted for these aids in October 2020”, he remembers that he wanted a president of Toulouse Métropole. The initiator of EPZs is the state, he is solely responsible in his eyes for the failure of the established system.
“We have learned that the government is delaying the implementation of automated camera checks until the second half of 2024. We have 18 months left to address the poor starting points, particularly the issue of helping the most vulnerable.”
He calls for a doubling of aid, especially the environmental bonus
This Thursday, the mayor of France’s fourth city is especially present requested the government to look at his copy to help the French. Specifically calls doubling of aid, and especially environmental bonus available to individuals when purchasing a clean car.
“What we are asking the government to do is to double public aid and ensure that we improve the system over the next 18 months.”
“The exact opposite of ecological planning”
Jean-Luc Moudenc also mentions “Paradoxes of the State” on the one hand, the President of the Republic, who “assumed the concept of environmental planning”, and on the other hand, “EPZs, which are the exact opposite of planning,” says. Since each community has the opportunity to take its own measures, he believes that “a there will be a vision problem for our compatriots who do not have the same rules from one city to another…” Fearing the reactions of a disoriented motorist who faces “differences in driving in Toulouse and Montpellier, for example,” Urbaine, the first vice president of France, calls for a union of major French cities “harmony” “for the benefit of the citizen” between territories.
Another requirement formulated by Jean-Luc Moudenc: “a one window”. He notes that drivers are lost in the face of “State, Regional and Metropolis assistance systems with disparate criteria and procedures.”
“While we make life as difficult as possible for the people concerned, we ask to be a one-stop shop to simplify things.”
Crit’Air sticker, bad criteria?
Definitely very critical, Jean-Luc Moudenc too Crit’Air has broken the thumbnail, criteria do not always match in his eyes. Still, he called on the state to change its system and analyze the situation “by car”.
“If we want to approach the deep end of the ZFE, which is to avoid pollution – which we affirm – then why not accept the reality that pollution is vehicle-by-vehicle. experience of experts ? “, he suggested.
“This will allow flexibility and it will prevent people who take good care of their car but have the wrong sticker having to replace it, while others with a better sticker don’t keep it!”.
Crit’Air 4 and 5 have been removed from the resident parking lot!
As the city prepares to roll out new relief to individuals in February, elected officials approved the measure Thursday to “help owners of Crit’Air 3 vehicles (to be banned starting in 2024, editor’s note) and motorcycles.” hitherto overlooked: the owners Vignettes classified in 4 and 5 will no longer benefit from resident parking : “You have to be consistent,” said François Chollet when questioned on the matter. Metropolis’ Vice-President for Ecology believes that going beyond this topic will give preference to “sucking machines”.
“With resident parking, a vehicle cannot remain parked for more than 24 hours without movement. It would be inconsistent to allow resident parking for polluting vehicles that will no longer be able to drive around Toulouse…”.
Metropol has built a ZFE crossing that allows these small riders 52 days per year with a polluting vehicle, but where can they park their car if they don’t have a parking space or a private garage? “I am not going to extend the list of exceptions,” said Jean-Luc Moudenc, who took care to remind the surrounding residents who are worried about being able to enter Toulouse: “Cars that do not meet the correct criteria can enter the metro park and ride”, even inside the ZFE.
Controls? The mayor will not give “any instructions to the municipal police”.
Finally, let’s talk Sanctions for criminals, do not believe that Jean-Luc Moudenc will motivate the municipal police to zealous around the Crit’Air sticker… “It is the state that created the ZFE and it is up to it to ensure control and sanctions”, defends the mayor of Toulouse. “Even if it is clear, if they see violations of the law, they (municipal police, editor’s note) will have to follow the law.”
“Pending the most modest assistance from the state, I will not give any instructions to the municipal police regarding ZFE for the next 18 months! Let the state take its responsibilities.”
The national police are already lined up
This – in theory – Mid 2024 that the state should deploy its own network automatic license plate verification Cars in Toulouse. A sixty cameras should be placed at the four corners of the Pink City to monitor access to the fixed ZFE. But first VP it has already started to rain … on the part of the National Police, as confirmed by the prefecture of Haute-Garonne, which has so far refused to give figures on the matter …
“As part of the roadside checks, the police check, among other things, whether they have a Crit’air sticker (depending on the type of vehicle) that allows them to travel in the ZFE area. People who do not respect this measure can receive 3 depending on the type of vehicle 1st class (68 euros) or 4th class (135 euros) fine.
But according to the prefecture, “from that date” only “Several dozen crimes verbally expressed”.
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