The ZPAd air protection zone of Deux-Sèvres / Niort
On 07.04.2017, an order was signed by the Prefect of the Department of Deux-Sèvres/Niort introducing the Crit’Air Vignette within the department.
The order contains a set of measures that can be applied in case of an air pollution peak. However, the peculiarity lies in the fact that, in the event of an air pollution peak, only the city or municipality within the department is named, in which the weather-dependent zone comes into force.
A ZPAd (regional air protection zone) is no local or regional air protection zone with clearly defined limits (ZPA), but it applies to a whole department where driving restrictions can be temporarily imposed.
The Prefect of the Department of Deux-Sèvres determines which cities and municipalities are affected and to which extent. As a result, within the ZPAd zone of Deux-Sèvres, local, time-limited and variable driving restrictions may be imposed, to which the vehicle owner must comply.
The Department of Deux-Sèvres (Department n° 79) is one of the 12 departments in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and has a population of more than 372,000 inhabitants on an area of around 6,000 km². The capital of the Department of Deux-Sèvres is Niort, which counts approximately 59,000 inhabitants on an area of 68 km², where the prefect also resides.
In order to be prepared for any pollution peak, a temporary environmental zone has now also been introduced in the Department of Deux-Sèvres, which is mandatory for all vehicles in the event of persistent air pollution, in accordance with the prefectural order SIDPC n°6 of 07.04.2017.
Any violation of the badge requirement or traffic restrictions will be punished with a fine of 68 to 375 Euro; if paying directly on site a little less. These fines are based on the articles L.325-1 to L.325-3 and R.411-19 of the French Road Traffic Code.
In case of an air pollution peak, the Prefecture of the Department provides a set of measures divided into several phases. After a pre-warning with no impact on road traffic, the first air pollution alarm is activated. This occurs if, based on the daily or hourly measurement of the responsible institution for air quality, the emission level of 50/80 μg / m³ for particulate matter or 180/240 μg / m³ for ozone or 300/500 μg / m³ for sulphur dioxide or 200/400 μg / m³ for nitrogen dioxide has been exceeded. As a result, the road speed within the ZPAd environmental zone has to be reduced by 20 km/h.
If, in the following days, one of the abovementioned pollutant values still exceeds the indicated values, then traffic restrictions can be applied to all vehicles. The vehicles without a Crit’Air badge and with the Crit’Air class 5 will be first excluded from traffic. Should the pollutant values still exceed the limit values, the vehicles with the Crit’Air class 4 would be then excluded from traffic.
Additional alternative measures could also be applied in order to prohibit the use of even and odd license plates on one day.
The borders of the environmental zone of Deux-Sèvres
In this case, some areas of the Department of Vienne may be affected by traffic restrictions. Only in the case of an air pollution peak, the prefect will communicate with a press release the exact extension of the area affected by concrete traffic restrictions.
In any case, it should be noted that, in the event of an air pollution alarm, the highways A10 (from Paris to Bordeaux) and A83 (from and to Nantes) may be affected.
Table overview of the environmental zone
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