Preventing old and polluting vehicles from circulating and parking 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to improve air quality: this is the principle of a Low Emission Zone (EPZ). Created on January 1, 2020, the Lyon EPZ refers to the nine districts, Caluire-et-Cuire, as well as the Villeurbanne, Bron and Vénissieux sectors located within the Laurent-Bonnevay ring road.
Except that the most polluting vehicles can still circulate on the old A7, in Lyon, and on the northern ring road that crosses Caluire. From January 1, 2020, professional vehicles (category N on the gray card) Critair’4 or 5 cannot circulate in the EPZ.
A year later, the ban was extended to Crit’air 3 professional vehicles.
The end of diesel in 2026?
The new green / left majority at the forefront of the Metropolis wants to go further by including, as of January 1, 2022, all vehicles, including those of individuals, classified Crit’Air 5 and not classified (diesel vehicles registered before the December 31, 2000). ).
In the Metropolitan Council on Monday, there will also be “a broad consultation with a view to preparing a progressive ban (2023 to 2026) of vehicles classified Crit’Air 4, then 3, then 2 in a central perimeter to be defined.” Clearly the end of diesel (top 2 today).
Exceptions and financial aid are being considered, without being detailed yet.
“We will not accept a measure that hits the poor without support”
On the side of the former president, David Kimelfeld, if “we share the urgent need to reduce pollution” we do not “accept a measure that will hit the most modest without support.”
On the right, we denounce an “antisocial” measure that “will force more than 300,000 owners to change their vehicle quickly, and the most modest who will not have economic capacity, to hand over their car”, while in Synergies, it is indicated that the measure The ban will affect “490,000 private vehicles” in 2026.