Lyon (AFP) – motorists lyon have experienced Friday for the first time the alternating circulation to combat air pollution, but the measure will not be renewed Saturday, or this weekend in Paris, where it was in force for four days.
the prefecture of The Rhone had decided on Wednesday to apply the alternating circulation -a first in the province – with regard to the duration of the pollution episode and “in anticipation” of elevated levels of fine particles in the air. They are finally proved to be below expectations.
Only vehicles with a license plate ending in an odd number were able to move to Lyon and Villeurbanne Friday, with the exception of those who make carpooling or enjoy one of the many exceptions.
As for the capital, it suffered the longest episode of winter of pollution for at least ten years. But given forecasts are more favourable, the alternating circulation should be lifted from Friday at midnight in Paris.
Some measures are maintained, such as the reduction of the recommended 20 miles per hour over the entire road network, or the prohibition of the transit of heavy trucks in the territory located inside the A86 motorway.
The weather conditions remaining uncertain, the next week, “it is essential that the ile-de-france continue their efforts by limiting their car travel and to promote the use of carpooling,” said the prefecture.
In the sky of lyon, since Wednesday, the rate of fine particles has not exceeded the 80 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3), while the forecasts expected a rate of about 90(µg/m3), and this has led the prefecture to introduce the alternating circulation “by anticipation”.
In the centre of Lyon, where checks are carried out, the set seemed “fairly well respected” according to police -unlike Paris, the day before. Some offenders, however, as Manuela, arms full of brooms, who parks his car: “today, I have a household in Lyon and Rillieux-la-Pape (north of the town, editor’s NOTE), I can’t do this by bus,” sighed she.
The public transport of lyon, disturbed for several days by a strike, were paid, contrary to the Paris and Ile-de-France.
- Plugs ‘exceptional’ in Paris -
According to the metropolis of Lyon, the transport are the cause of only 26% of the pollution current. More than half (52%) is due to the use of an individual heating the wood by 8% of the inhabitants.
in Paris and 22 towns of the petite couronne, the authorities had promised to be more stringent with the many offenders. The ability of caps to qualify as”exceptional” by the Direction des routes d’ile-de-France: at 09: 00 AM, Friday, there were 275 kilometres of traffic jams accumulated in the Ile-de-France, compared to 200 km, usually a morning sleep of the weekend.
in order To “confront the Parisians to the reality” of automobile pollution and its health consequences, the city has launched an online campaign to “make it stop”. The environmental group has even called on a weekend without a car in the capital.
According to the public Health agency of France, more than 48,000 deaths per year could be attributed to fine particles.
This pollution also affects Grenoble and the urban areas of the Alps, the valley of the Rhone, the Seine-Maritime, Dawn, the Eure, where measures are also in place.
In the conurbation of grenoble, vehicles registered before 1997 will not have the right to move this weekend. For the first time since the introduction of the thumbnails anti-pollution in November.
Chamonix (Haute-Savoie), around 600 people demonstrated on Thursday evening, on the sidelines of a meeting on the plan of protection of atmosphere (PPA) in the valley of the Arve. An emergency meeting has to take place on Friday in Annecy with the mayors, industrialists and transporters. The prefect has promised announcements.
For their part, elected representatives and associations of the alpine valleys have called for “a temporary cessation of the traffic, international transit of goods” and a “postponement of the transport of goods to rail”.
measures of restriction of movement of traffic have also been taken in other regions such as Hauts-de-France or the Burgundy-Franche-Comté.