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The ZPAd air protection zone of Bouches-du-Rhône / Marseille

On 21.06.2017, an order was signed by the Prefect of the Department of Bouches-du-Rhône 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 Bouches-du-Rhône determines which cities and municipalities are affected and to which extent. As a result, within the ZPAd zone of Bouches-du-Rhône, local, time-limited and variable driving restrictions may be imposed, to which the vehicle owner must comply.

The Department of Bouches-du-Rhône (Department n° 13) is one of the 6 departments of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region which has more than 2,017,000 inhabitants on an area of approximately 5,100 km². The capital of the Department is Marseille, which has a population of about 862,000 inhabitants on an area of 241 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 Bouches-du-Rhône, which is mandatory for all vehicles in the event of persistent air pollution, in accordance with the prefectural order of 21.06.2017.

Any violation of the badge requirement or traffic restrictions will be punished with a fine from 68 up to 375 euros; 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.

View on the Old Port of Marseille

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. Then, vehicles without a Crit’Air Vignette as well as special Crit’Air categories can be excluded.

The borders of the environmental zone of Bouches-du-Rhône

In this case, only some areas of the Department of Bouches-du-Rhône 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 A7 (to and from Lyon, Valence and Avignon) and A50 (to and from Toulon) could be affected.

Table overview of the environmental zone

Name of the environmental zone:
Environmental zone Bouches-du-Rhône/Marseille ZPAd - France
Date of entry into effect of the zone:
Type of environmental zone:
Regional zone of air protection ZPAd, depending on weather conditions and activated after an early warning stage, if the pollutant values exceed, for example, > 50 µg/m³ for particulate matter and following the prefect’s decision.
68-375 Euro.
Area/extension of the environmental zone:
The ZPAd zone covers theoretically the entire Department of Bouches-du-Rhône. The relevant scope of the activated zone will be redefined during each air pollution peak and announced in a specific communication of the prefecture. This regulation will come into force with its publication. Possible affected highways in the department are the A7 and A50.
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