Amid a debate on the climate law, environmentalists are also refining their pollution control measures with a view to the presidential election, particularly with the idea of limiting the speed of vehicles to more than one and a half tons. The party remembers this on its participatory platform “The transport sector is the only one whose greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions are not falling.”
Towards the end of thermal passenger cars?
Anti-auto measures are in the news this spring. First in the National Assembly, where the debates on the climate and resilience law have already led to a vote by draconian proposals to limit automobile pollution
Above all, we are thinking of the vote on the total ban on private cars that emit more than that 123 g CO2 per kilometerby 2030. A provision in line with European policy for the elimination of combustion vehicles by 2035.
Likewise, heavy-duty vehicles that run on diesel or gasoline can no longer be marketed. from 2040, after what was just voted in the Palais Bourbon. For aviation companies, the government wants to encourage the switch to hybrid or electric motors such as those used in passenger cars.
Can we go further
But other political voices can also be heard, not to replace heat engines with batteries, but to simply ban cars from the habits of the French.
This is definitely what the ecology party Europe Ecology The Greens wants to encourage in the presidential elections. Julien Bayou, general secretary of the party, has just launched a new participatory programmatic platform called “Ecology 2022”, where voters are invited to submit their ideas. MEPs have already formulated a certain number of them, in particular the idea of changing the road traffic regulations Limit vehicles weighing over 1,500 kg to 90 km / h on motorways.
These SUVs are particularly targeted “Fake 4×4”which recently reached 40% of registrations in the French car market. In 2019, these bulk consumers were selected by the NGO Greenpeace. as the second source of the increase in CO2 emissions in the world.
However, with a 1,500kg weight limit, it’s not just SUVs that will suffer from this new measure: Electric and hybrid vehicles are also being targeted. From them “Small” Electric models like the Renault Zoe or the Peugeot e-2008 actually exceed one and a half tons.
The weight penalty will be applied from next year
If they are in the crosshairs of environmentalists, it is because the production conditions for electric and hybrid vehicles are also emerging environmentally harmful activities. Hence the idea of simply replacing them with bike tours if possible.
A measure discussed in the context of the Climate Act goes in this direction, as it offers a new conversion premium with which you can exchange your old environmentally harmful vehicle for … an electric bike.
It will be necessary to wait for the Senate to pass the text and for the House of Lords to vote in order to know whether the crusade against heat vehicles will be concretized using the ideas put forward here. Remains that the Weight penalty will be a reality from next year: Vehicles over 1.8 tons: The tax will be 10 euros per kilogram above the specified limit.
A tax that is added ecological punishment, which will harden in 2022: it will be necessary to pay the green tax on 128 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometer (compared to 133 g / km this year).
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