Greater Paris: the hunt for polluting vehicles is accelerating

The metropolis of Greater Paris (MGP) takes the second step in the hunt for polluting vehicles. From this Tuesday 1is June, vehicles classified Crit’air 4 (Diesel engines registered before December 31, 2005) will no longer be allowed to drive in its low emission zone (ZFE), during certain time slots. This was already the case in intramural Paris.

Since July 2019, vehicles (cars, heavy goods vehicles, etc.) containing a Crit’air 5 sticker or not classified had also been banned from the ZFE, this territory delimited by the A86, the motorway which forms a wide loop around from Paris.


The entry into force of these new restrictions will concern some 115,000 private vehicles, 16,500 light commercial vehicles, 2,600 heavy goods vehicles, as well as more than 700 buses and coaches, according to the MGP (based on the fleet registered in 1is January 2020).

However, exemptions are planned until June 30, 2022 for professionals “impacted by the health crisis”, the metropolis reported on Monday. To benefit from it, they will need to have benefited from a loan guaranteed by the State, the solidarity fund or measures from the Ile-de-France region (“rebound loan”, “Ile-de-France resilience fund and local authorities). “).

Accompanying measures

While many homes and professionals will have to change vehicles, MGP argues that cumulatively, its aid and those of the State can reach up to 19,000 euros for the purchase of a clean new vehicle and up to to 12,000 euros for the purchase of a clean second-hand vehicle.

In addition, the implementation of this second step will not be immediately accompanied by verbalization – even if the City of Paris imposes fines. In the general opinion, this is the sinews of war to allow the EPZ to be respected. “The controls will be put in place gradually, but not before the end of 2021. This makes it possible not to be too brutal and to put in place accompanying measures”, explains Geoffroy Boulard, vice-president of the MGP and mayor (LR) of 17e district of Paris.

Automated sanction control

“As a temporary measure, the government has proposed to communities the development, by the end of 2021, of computer-assisted video-verbalization, but this solution is not desired by the communities. Work is taking place in parallel to set up a sustainable solution for automated sanction control, ”the Ministry of Ecological Transition is told, while ZFEs have already been set up by the metropolitan areas of Grenoble and Lyon, and that others must see the light of day. “The metropolis cannot bear the cost of such a system alone”, underlines, for its part, Geoffroy Boulard.

In July 2022, traffic restrictions will also be imposed on Crit’Air 3 vehicles, before the Crit’Air 2 stickers in January 2024. The objective is to achieve 100% clean vehicles by 2030. For the By the way, 70 of the 79 municipalities forming part of the concerned perimeter are already involved in the ZFE.

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