This is a side effect of the heat episode: the concentration of ozone in the air is clearly increasing over a large part of France. According to the official Prev’Air bulletin published on Friday June 18,Exceedances of the information and recommendation threshold for ozone (180 µg/m3 hourly average) are expected in Ile-de-France, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Normandy and Occitanie. These thresholds could also be exceeded in the Grand Est, Center Val-de-Loire, Pays de la Loire, Brittany, New Aquitaine, Hauts-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Burgundy -Franche-Comté, listed the Prev’Air platform.
“After maximum concentrations imposed for this Saturday June 18, the situation should be assessed positively from Sunday June 19, even if local overruns will not be excluded in Ile-de-France, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’ Azur or Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes”the bulletin said.
Measures in Ile-de-France
Only vehicles with a class 0, 1 and 2 Crit’Air sticker will be authorized to use circulars from Saturday 5:30 a.m. to midnight in Paris, the small and medium suburbs (inside the perimeter delimited by the A86) and this until the end of the pollution episode. “If the episode continues on Sunday, the Prefect of Police has asked his services to apply the differentiated traffic measure with discernment to guarantee the proper holding of the legislative elections (access to polling stations in particular)”said the police headquarters in a press release.
Reductions in the maximum authorized speed have also been introduced: 110 km/h on motorways normally limited to 130 km/h, 90 km/h on portions of motorways or expressways normally limited to 110 km/h and 70 km/h h on portions of motorways and expressways normally limited to 90 km/h as well as on national and departmental roads normally limited to 80 km/h or 90 km/h.
With the episode of #heat wave, Île-de-France is experiencing an episode of ozone (O3) pollution. In order to reduce pollutant emissions, the @prefpolice sets up the alert system and takes traffic measures.
Find our press release ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/jGv9T6HezB
— Prefecture of Police (@prefpolice) June 17, 2022
Throughout Ile-de-France, IDF Mobilités triggers the anti-pollution package and free carpooling on Saturday. A ticket will be on sale all day at a price of 3.80 euros, valid from 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday morning (5 a.m. for the Noctilien), and this until the end of the pollution episode, specified the company Friday on its website.
This ticket will allow unlimited travel throughout Île-de-France, on all modes of transport (metro, train-RER, bus, and tram), with the exception of certain direct airport services. (Orlyval, Le Bus Direct Paris Aéroport shuttles, VEA Disney shuttles) and tourist buses. It gives access to Roissy airport via train-RER B, Roissybus or Filéo, and access to Orly airport via Orlybus and Go C Paris (Orlyrail). This anti-pollution package is also billed on the Navigo pass, at stations and resorts, or from a smartphone via the Ile-de-France Mobilités application.
The prefecture of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region also activated differentiated traffic from Saturday from 5 a.m. in the Lyon north-Isère air basin. In the Rhône, these are the municipalities of Lyon, Villeurbanne and Caluire-et-Cuire.
In Isère, the municipalities of Bourgoin-Jallieu, Chasse-sur-Rhône, L’Isle-d’Abeau, Pont-Evêque, Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, Vaulx-Milieu, La Verpillère, Vienne, Villefontaine and Seyssuel are concerned.In these sectors, only vehicles bearing a class 0, 1, 2 and 3 Crit’Air sticker will be authorized to circulate. On the other hand, this does not concern the A7, A7 Nord, A43, A48, A49 motorways, nor the RN7.
An episode of #Pollution Al’#ozone is underway in the Lyons/North Isère basin. The prefect triggers the alert level N1 and puts in place restriction measures in the #Rhone and the metropolis of #Lyon ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/z7vobdF1gt
— Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Rhône region (@prefetrhone) June 17, 2022
In addition, the maximum speed will also be reduced by 20 km/h in the Rhône and Grand Lyon, on axes whose speed is generally greater than or equal to 80 km/k.
In the Hauts de France
In Hauts-de-France also, the prefecture announced on Friday the reduction of 20km / h of the speed limit and the limitation to 80km / h for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, and this in the North, Pas-de-Calais, Oise and Somme.
– Prefecture of the Hauts-de-France and North region (@prefet59) June 17, 2022
In the Bouches du Rhône
This episode of ozone pollution also affects the Bouches-du-Rhône, where the prefecture triggered the level 2 alert for the weekend, without however setting up differentiated traffic.