Rhone. Collective action launched against the Low Emissions Zone

Le Progrès has received a press release announcing the possibility of taking legal action against the ZFE (Low Emission Zone).

It mentions a “class action (…) initiated by Maître Elisabeth Gelot, a lawyer at the Lyon Bar Association and a partner of SKOV Avocats.

On January 1, 2021, the rules of the game in the Greater Lyon Low Emission Zone (EPZ) changed and professional vehicles not classified or provided with Crit’Air 4 or 5 stickers can no longer drive.

“Since the beginning of 2019, the Metropolis has consistently stated in its various communication and awareness actions that the EPZ only concerns vehicles for professionals, the statement said. It even indicated that the extension of the system to private vehicles should be studied during the Metropolitan Council March 2021. However, in December 2020, private individuals discovered to their surprise that they were also affected by traffic and parking bans.

The press release specifies that “the lawyer will initiate a prior, free appeal, whose main objective will be to obtain measures to repair this equality gap (for example, the addition of the possibility of individual exemption, and the institution of aid for the purchase of vehicles).

If Metropolis does not respond to this request, an action for compensation may be considered in the context of a second class action. “