Toulouse Low Emission Zone: Related Vehicles, Conversion Auxiliaries …. Explains how it works

The first phase of the Low Emission Zone (ZFE) is taking place today in the metropolitan area of ​​Toulouse. Vans and trucks over the age of 25 are prohibited.

When we talk about the atmosphere, it’s better to avoid being old and fat … The search for carbon and pollutants begins in Toulouse today. And the first on the list banned from the city is the oldest vans, vans, and other heavy-duty carriers, which spit out a cloud of burning diesel into their wake. Currently, this urban pollution is known to cause more than 40,000 annually in France, and big cities should stop pumping air from us by tilting the heat engine towards electricity. You are asked to take action.

Therefore, this March 1st is for vehicles stamped with the Crit’Air 5 sticker and uncategorized vehicles that were distributed between July 1, 1997 and December 31, 2000, that is, over 25 years old. It is related to the vehicle. oppose). The second idea is to move forward gradually so as not to confuse all drivers when they all have to replace their harp with a cleaner model at the same time.

For utility vehicles and diesel trucks used between September 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005, the Crit’Air 4 Vignette is a low-emission zone that includes three-quarters of municipalities. Is excluded from. .. From Toulouse on the ring road. This is 72km2 for 420,000 inhabitants. Its hallmark is that on the west, ZFE extends to the Arc-en-Ciel Ring Road, which includes part of the Ring Road, and the through road to Muret between the Bordelongue and Les Minimes interchanges. Part of the highway to Auch.

Conversion aid can reach € 19,000 …

January 1, 2023 is a day for individuals to remember as cars and electric motorcycles (in addition to vans and trucks) begin to be affected. Crit’Air 4, 5 and unclassified vignettes will no longer be able to circulate. For automobiles, these are pre-1997 gasoline and pre-2005 diesel. Furthermore, it is a motorcycle registered before 2004. Finally, January 1, 2024 will be the final stage of the process. In turn, it is affected by the ban. These are pre-2006 gasoline cars and pre-2011 diesel cars. Furthermore, there are motorcycles and two-wheeled vehicles before 2006.

On this date, the majority of drivers are believed to have converted to hybrid or all-electric to enter the city. However, not everyone can follow the wallet side. This is also the first criticism of ZFE, which is, first and foremost, part of the disciplinary ecosystem that affects the most modest households. But remind us that big cities are providing assistance to help with this (expensive) transition. You can pay up to € 5,000 to replace a new or used private car and € 10,000 to a company. And if you choose a bike, these aids range from 600 to 1,000 euros. Ultimately, these subsidies, when combined with the state system, can reach € 19,000. bingo!

These exempt vehicles

The Toulouse Metropole is “firm” for the phased implementation of low-emission zones, but certain types of company vehicles (refrigeration, construction, dumpsters, tank trucks, live animal transport, market-supplied vehicles, activations. Exceptional convoys and vehicles for the transportation of aircraft, hazardous materials, and even philanthropic groups. For drivers residing in low-emission zones, vehicles holding a current resident parking subscription will have a subscription. Temporary exemption until termination. As part of this, the state provides for a permanent tax exemption for vehicles displaying a “mobility inclusion” card or a parking card for the disabled. I have.

Carrot and stick: “I feel punished and trapped.”

Even if the first stage of the low emission zone doesn’t involve many people this morning, some drivers feel already stuck. Retired Marie, who lives in the countryside near Rum, has no means of transportation other than a diesel utility vehicle that she has long converted into a small camper. “This is an old Citroen van, with 450,000 terminals on the watch that can’t be destroyed,” she explains. Toulouse, I go there every two days to take care of my 100-year-old father. So what am I going to do now? He lives in Castel Guinestetto and it is impossible to get there by public transport via Muret station. Otherwise I spend the day there … I feel punished and trapped. Above all, Marie can’t afford to change her car and is at risk of being forced to violate her law. Under the threat of daily fines … If a driver who changes cars is promised substantial assistance, measures will also be taken to enforce traffic bans. An automated camera check will be conducted during 2023 to monitor the correct application of the Low Emission Zone (ZFE). Police and gendarmerie can also monitor violations and speak verbally. In case of a breach, the PV is 68 euros for a car and 135 euros for a heavy carrier. The price of more breathable air.