Due to the heat wave, a significant episode of pollution affects France. The police headquarters of Paris, Lyon and Avignon announced differentiated traffic from Saturday June 18.
The episode of intense heat suffered throughout France this week also affects motorists. Due to ozone pollution, favored by heatseveral police headquarters have taken measures on the territory. Among them, the reduction of the maximum authorized speed or differentiated traffic in certain areas.
Ile de France affected by traffic restrictions
In the Paris region, the Prefect of Police Didier Lallement is implementing differentiated traffic at inside the perimeter bounded by the A86 (excluding this one). This therefore includes Paris and several towns in the inner suburbs located in the following departments: Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis. This Saturday, June 18, between 5:30 a.m. and until midnight, only light vehicles with a Crit’Air thumbnail 0, 1 or 2 may circulate within this perimeter. The ban will apply until the end of the pollution episode, with however an arrangement on Sunday to allow motorists to go and vote for the legislative elections.
With the episode of #heat waveÎle-de-France is experiencing an episode of ozone (O3) pollution. In order to reduce pollutant emissions, the @prefpolice sets up the alert system and takes traffic measures.
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— Prefecture of Police (@prefpolice) June 17, 2022
Lyon and Avignon also concerned
The Lyon basin is also concerned, since the Rhône prefecture has activated alert level 1 for ozone pollution and has introduced a traffic restriction in the same way. This Saturday, the Lyon basin and Nord-Isère are concerned : the cities of Lyon, Villeurbanne or Caluire-et-Cuire are concerned. Only vehicles with Crit’Air class 0, 1, 2 and 3 stickers are authorized to travel on the roads of the municipalities of Lyon, Villeurbanne and Caluire-et-Cuire.
Ditto for Avignon and its surroundings. Bertrand Gaume, prefect of Vaucluse, implemented on Friday morning the differentiated traffic in the 20 municipalities of Vaucluse, Gard and Bouches-du-Rhône. Among them, those of Greater Avignon (Barbentane, Châteaurenard, Noves, Rognonas) but also Rochefort-du-Gard, Le Pontet or even Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue. For Saturday, June 18, this decision will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only light vehicles bearing a Crit’air sticker 0, 1, 2 and 3 are authorized to circulate.
Reduction of the maximum authorized speed
The prefectures also require cars to reduce their speed, especially on major highways. Thereby, the maximum authorized speed drops by 20 km/h:
- 110 km/h on highways usually limited to 130 km/h
- 90 km/h on motorways and expressways limited to 110 km/h usually
- 70 km/h on motorways and expressways usually limited to 90 km/h, and national or departmental roads usually limited to 80 or 90 km/h.
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