“Punitive ecology”? The introduction of sanctions in low-emission zones divides — RT in French

From left to right, the political class criticizes the government’s idea of ​​carrying out automated checks to sanction excessively polluting vehicles in urban areas. The EELV mayor of Grenoble, on the other hand, is rather favorable to it.

The Low Emission Zones (ZFE, or ZFEm) “are a necessity for ecological and public health reasons”, said Minister Delegate for Transport Clément Beaune during a press briefing on October 25.

Currently, 11 cities have already put in place restrictions for polluting vehicles, including Paris and the inner suburbs where Crit’Air 4 and 5 theoretically no longer have the right to drive. So far, no sanctions have been taken. “We must do our utmost to ensure that automated sanction control is developed as quickly as possible”, insisted Clément Beaune, calling for controls to be carried out in the meantime.

Will there be gates or cameras to carry out automated checks? The Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu assures that the “technical characteristics of the selected projects will be presented when they are known”.

Offenders would be liable to a class 3 fine, i.e. a fixed fine of 68 euros, said the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

“A real social bomb”

For the deputy of the National Rally Marine Le Pen, “this hatred, with regard to our most modest fellow citizens must arouse national indignation”. “With low emission zones (ZFE), millions of our compatriots will be deprived of their freedom of movement,” she adds.

The president of Via (conservative right) Jean-Frédéric Poisson describes the measure as “punitive ecology carried by boho ministers in full delirium”.

Asked by RMCthe deputy Les Républicains Antoine Vermorel-Marques, observes that “ZFEs can become areas of high social expulsion”.

The communist deputy (PCF) Fabien Roussel believes for his part that “the establishment of EPZs without accompanying measures amounts to lighting a real social bomb”.

On the other hand, the government obtained half-word support from the environmental mayor (EELV) of Grenoble, Eric Piolle. “EPZs are a tool to fight against environmental inequalities and pollution. But they must be accompanied by measures of social justice”, warns the city councilor.

Within the majority, RMC found on October 26 a division, with some fearing EPZs are becoming a “hot” topic.

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