The ZPAd air protection zone of Puy-de-Dôme / Clermont-Ferrand
On 20.11.2017, an order was signed by the Prefect of the Department of Puy-de- Dôme introducing the Crit’Air Vignette within the department, which came into force on 22.11.2017.
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 Puy-de-Dôme determines which cities and municipalities are affected and to which extent. As a result, within the ZPAd zone of Puy-de-Dôme, local, time-limited and variable driving restrictions may be imposed, to which the vehicle owner must comply.
The Department of Puy-de-Dôme (Department n° 63) is one of the 12 departments of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region which has 648,000 inhabitants on an area of 8,000 km². The capital of the Department of Puy-de-Dôme is Clermont-Ferrand, which has a population of about 141,400 inhabitants on an area of 43 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 Puy-de-Dôme, which is mandatory for all vehicles in the event of persistent air pollution, in accordance with the prefectural order n°17-02365.
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 Puy-de-Dôme 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 above mentioned pollutant values exceeds the indicated values, a second air pollution alarm („niveau d’alerte N2“) is activated with traffic restrictions for all vehicles without a Crit’Air badge. If, after two days, the pollutant values of the second air pollution alarm still exceed the limit values, the Crit'Air classes 4 and 5 would then be excluded from circulation.
Should the situation continue to worsen, the prefect can declare an aggravated second air pollution alarm („niveau d’alerte N2 aggravé) and exclude more Crit’Air classes from circulation.
The borders of the environmental zone of Puy-de-Dôme
In this case, some areas of the Department of Puy-de-Dôme may be affected by traffic restrictions, or even the entire department. Only in the case of an air pollution peak, the prefect will communicate 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 A75 (in direction of Montpellier) and A89 (from and to Bordeaux) may be affected.
Table overview of the environmental zone
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