Low-emission radar devices will be installed in environmental zones from June 2024

On the occasion of the first monitoring committee for environmental zones, the government presented a measure that caused controversy. From the second half of 2024, speed cameras will be set up in the ZFE zones (Low Emission Zone) to report unauthorized vehicles.

ZFE radar
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This Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the very first “Low Emission Zone Monitoring Committee” took place. The purpose of this meeting? Propose new measures to combat air pollution, according to the latest data from Public Health France is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths per year.

To this end, the government has announced several measures, such as the establishment of ZFE-m, low-emission mobility zones 43 more French cities by 2025 (only those with more than 150,000 inhabitants). The representatives of the affected areas were rightly invited to the committee by the Executive to help them see more clearly the use of these ZFE-m.

You should state that The implementation of ZFE-m remains the responsibility of the local authorities. In particular, they must determine the choice of the perimeter of the zone or even the vehicles to be banned. Nevertheless, the government has assured that it intends to support the communities in this important project by:

  • the establishment of a Monitoring Committee to meet every 6 months, chaired by the Ministers
  • the designation of a single interlocutor from the municipalities responsible for the ZFE-m
  • the gradual implementation of an automated sanction control
  • the use of the “Green Fund”, which will allow in particular the financing of preliminary analytical studies, developments or even infrastructure (total 150,000 million euros)

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Speed ​​cameras in the ZFEs, the government’s controversial measure

In this case, you may have ticked one of his actions the establishment of an automated sanctions control. This is undoubtedly the most controversial measure announced by the government. In fact, the force confirmed that from the second half of 2024, anti-pollution radars will be installed in ZFE-m.

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At the moment, verbalization is already being carried out by the police through “manual” checks. But non-compliance with the EPC rules will soon be automatically sanctioned. Note that the project is not new since The government had promised to install radars in EPZs from 2021… As far as we know, the vehicle’s number plate is scanned to check whether or not it is actually authorized to drive in the ZFE according to its category and its Crit’Air badge.

This process has the advantage Set up exceptions for emergency vehicles or those of people with reduced mobility. At a time when the finances of French households are being eroded by the energy crisis and inflation, the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu, invites the cities concerned to do so Cut corners by setting up exceptionslike Strasbourg and its “pass” system that allows banned vehicles to enter the ZFEs a few times a year.