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For several days, a proposal from the Parisian political group Independents and Progressives has been creating a stir among bikers. This involves prohibiting the circulation of vehicles in the capital, from 10 p.m. in the evening to 7 a.m.
A proposal denounced by… David Belliard! The mobility assistant (EELV) at Paris town hall recalled that this proposal is “illegal”, in a post on X (formerly Twitter). He also explained that the city of Paris cannot implement this itself. The fault lies with the low emissions zone (ZFE), as he detailed during the Paris Council:
“To come back to your proposal to ban the circulation of motorized two-wheelers from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. (…) it cannot be implemented by the City of Paris, under the rule of law.”
“In fact, this amounts to modifying the framework and the rights holders of the low-emission zone, which is a competence that we have delegated to the metropolis.”
The fight against noise deserves better than this illegal proposal from the Macronists to ban thermal scooters at night in Paris.
If they really want to act, help us! By strengthening the low emission zone, lowering the noise thresholds from… pic.twitter.com/cHcjwbkxl1
— David Belliard (@David_Belliard) February 7, 2024
Make no mistake, however, he is not defending bikers. According to him, “the fight against noise deserves better than this proposal”. This in “strengthening the low emission zone, lowering the noise thresholds from which we can issue fines, supporting us in reducing speed on the ring road!”
And the politician also mentions the “generalization of sound radars”a “excellent idea” according to him. Except that “it’s at the level of the State and the government that it’s blocked”. The fault of sound thresholds “set by the State are absolutely unrelated to people’s health”. He details:
“Today, we can only fine two-wheelers above 88 decibels, while the WHO recommends a threshold of 53 decibels. The difference constitutes a real danger (…) We challenged the minister (of Transport, Clément Beaune, Editor’s note) when it existed to lower this threshold of verbalization.”
Sound radars had already been installed in 2022, as an experiment, on rue d’Avron in the 20th arrondissement of the capital and rue Cardinet in the 17th. Uninstalled, they are supposed to return in 2024 and issue a fine this time. Let us also remember that the average noise in a school is often greater than 65 dB. We can bet that these radars will not be too close to schools.
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To sum up
An elected Parisian environmentalist criticizes the plan to ban the circulation of thermal motorized two-wheelers at night in Paris. An “illegal” proposal, according to him. However, he proposes the implementation of other measures to reduce nuisances.
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