This is a device that could interest you if you fear the tightening of the criteria of the ZFE, the Low Emission Zone already in place in Toulouse but whose conditions will tighten on January 1. On this date, vehicles benefiting from Crit’Air 4, 5 and unclassified stickers will no longer be authorized to drive within the perimeter of the zone.
But if you are concerned, good news: you will be able to benefit from an exemption of 52 days per year.
How it works ?
Toulouse Métropole adopted this Thursday a deliberation which validates this ZFE pass “special small rollers” which aims to do not penalize occasional users. To benefit from these derogations, you will have to register on the Toulouse Métropole site from January and enter your license plate. From there, you could benefit from 52 days of derogation for the following year.
But be careful, you will have to anticipate and plan your trip at least the day before, so that the certificate has time to be published. Above all, it will take print it and place it prominently on your dashboard.
Who is concerned ?
If you have an old car that you rarely move from its parking space, this “small roller pass” is made for you. But it might interest you if you live outside Toulouse and you come there from time to time in time to run an errand, for a medical appointment or to watch your grandchildren..
Toulouse Métropole is therefore releasing a little ballast on the ZFE. Elected officials have received numerous letters and complaints from disgruntled occasional drivers. François Chollet is the vice-president of Toulouse Métropole in charge of energy transition, has received quite a few letters and calls from disgruntled accidental drivers: “I’ve had people say to me ‘I only use my car a few days a yearI do very few kilometres, I go to see my family a few days a year and I can’t afford to take out a loan to change my car, so I will be penalized.’ It seemed very important to us to be able to respond to this request. It was not easy: the legal mechanism is not easy to find. But discussions with other metropolises have allowed us to put in place a pass system that requires users to anticipate a little, but which is legally solid.”
The opposition approved…with reservations.
The left opposition voted for this step but regrets that the Metropolis does not offer more alternative transport solutions within the framework of the establishment of this ZFE. Antoine Maurice is a metropolitan environmental adviser: “The majority demonstrates that its vision of the ZFE aims to renew the fleet of vehicles. In fact, this ZFE will turn out to be a punitive ZFE, which does not offer other travel modes. The other conurbations that have been setting up ZFEs for years, such as Lyon, have also chosen this derogation for small riders. Corn the Lyon metropolitan area provides many alternatives to the private carwith a lot of aid, but also a derogation for low incomes so that the ZFE does not penalize them unfairly.”
The new restrictive EPZ criteria will come into force on January 1.