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Surprise on July 10 when the Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion Christophe Béchu (still in office despite the recent reshuffle) announced that, because air quality had improved in a large number of metropolises, only 5 of them were still required to crack down by further restricting automobile traffic. Main deadline set by the State: that the cities in question ban Crit’Air 3 vehicles from January 1, 2025.
There was, however, the possibility for Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Rouen and Strasbourg of not having to go further if the air quality improved in the meantime. In this last city, things have clearly improved. But then, should we expect that the Crit’Air 3 models will still be available next year?
Air quality clearly improving
There is no doubt that air quality has improved significantly over the last year. According to a report that France Blue Alsace was able to find out in advance, almost all the lights are in the green. According to our colleagues, “the concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and fine particles are decreasing at all measuring stations”. The only small problem is that there has been no improvement in ozone concentrations “even if no day of exceeding the information threshold was recorded last year”.
Would the city’s policy have borne fruit? Only partially. If traffic has fallen by around 2.8% (which represents around 7,000 fewer cars over a year), the operational director of the study on which our colleagues rely notes that “the weather conditions have been favorable to the dispersion of pollutants.
“The ZFE continues, but in an educational way”
The results are such that the president of the Strasbourg Eurometropolis, Pia Imbs by name, had no other choice but to admit that
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To sum up
Air quality has improved in Strasbourg. In fact, the ZFE is technically no longer an obligation. Not enough to demotivate the Metropolis, however.
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