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While the pollution threshold was again taken in Ile-de-France last week, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor (PS) of Paris, s’ ready to take action against these peaks. Among the projects it wishes to be adopted at the next Council of Paris scheduled for Monday 29 and Tuesday, September 30, the introduction of a toll for heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes on the ring road.
It’s the return of the environmental tax heavyweights! Suspended in 2013 after an outcry from Red Hat, it was revived by Ségolène Royal, the Minister of Ecology and renamed “toll transit heavyweights”. “This tax will be implemented from 1 st January 2015 on almost all of the public national road network, currently free, as well as some county or municipal roads capable of supporting a transfer of traffic significant, “says Christophe Najdovski, the deputy mayor of Paris (EELV) responsible for transport. The ring road is part of the list of relevant channels.
€ 5 million per year into the coffers
The amount of the toll will vary from 2.5 cents euro 20 cents per kilometer, depending on the tonnage, the number of axles and the level of pollution of the vehicle. The trucks will be subject identified through a GPS satellite link. Offenders, they will be detected through four tolls already in place on the device during the summer of 2013 revenues collected on the circular ring, estimated at € 5 million per year, will be fully transferred into the coffers of the City of Paris.
The device will be tested without charge from October before putting into service in January 2015 “The goal is to deter lorries crossing the Paris area,” says ecologist deputy mayor of Paris.
This angered the National Federation of Road Transport (FNTR) because the device is not the only axis to be taxed. The A86 and Francilienne are also part of the device. In total, more than 4 000 km supporting over 2500 heavy weight per day are concerned.
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