Associations call for checks on polluting two-wheelers

They have motorcycles and scooters in their sights. The Respire, Ras le Scoot and Paris Sans Voiture associations announced on Tuesday that they had filed a legal action against the town hall and the Paris police headquarters, requesting checks on polluting two-wheelers.

In their appeal filed with the Administrative Court of Paris, the associations and 20 citizens want the police authorities to control and remove motorized two-wheelers from circulation “to reduce air pollution and protect public health”, it is indicated. in a press release. They cite article R-318-1 of the Highway Code, according to which “motor vehicles must not emit smoke, toxic, corrosive or odorous gases, under conditions likely to inconvenience the population or compromise public health and safety”.

80% of two-wheelers are in violation

“The verbalization and sanction controls on motorized two-wheelers are not currently in place, even though they are a major source of atmospheric and noise pollution”, accuses Tony Renucci, general manager of Respire. “The City of Paris must be exemplary and a precursor, within the framework of the Low Emission Zone and in view of the 2024 Olympics.”

“Paris City Hall and the prefecture take refuge behind the absence of any technical tool available [pour verbaliser]even though, according to the prefecture, 80% of two-wheelers are in violation, “said Camille Mialot, lawyer for the Respire association.

“Laxity on the part of the State”

The City of Paris has already planned to set up paid parking for two-wheelers with internal combustion engines (2RM) on September 1. According to David Belliard, deputy (EELV) for mobility and the transformation of public space, the associations say via this appeal “that the State has organized laxity on control”.

“Macron recommended that these ZFEs be systematic in agglomerations of more than 150,000 inhabitants, but without support measures for the most precarious or automatic sanctions, without the possibility of having an automatic radar to check their sticker. There is a form of laxity on the part of the State from the point of view of 2WD ”, continued the Parisian elected representative on Tuesday by presenting the registration service for the parking of two-wheelers. “We still have work to do, we, City [de Paris]to get out of this logic: we are really going there to bring PTWs back into common law in terms of the use of public space and the probability of sanction/control”, underlined Belliard.

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