ZFE radars: alert, they are coming!

ZFE radars: alert, they are coming!

Low-Production Zones are increasing in French cities. To severely penalize banned vehicles from the circuit, ZFE radars will arrive soon.

There are many types of radars in France: mobile radars, turret radars, red light radars, field radars, anti-noise radars, discriminator radars, board radars… The list is long, and soon ZFE radars they will join this large family of devices that allow serious penalties for drivers on the road.

Indeed, ZFEs (Low Productivity Areas) are increasing in France, and they concern gatherings of more than 150,000 inhabitants, which are gradually being implemented. In these ZFEs, only the latest cars can drive around there, and discriminate between them Crit’air sticker system it was thought. Vehicles that do not have the appropriate Crit’air sticker are busses traffic ban within ZFEs.

ZFE radars: a fine of 135 euros

What causes more confusion among drivers is that each ZFE has its own classification schedule: for example, the metropolitan city of Paris currently excludes the Crit’air 5 and 4 sticks, while in Lyon, only the “5” is currently banned . and in Marseilles. And there are many examples.

Vehicles built before 1997, which are not eligible for the Crit’air sticker, are automatically excluded. The main goal isprevent the circulation of all hot vehicles, which do not have the famous Crit’air “green” sticker. Anyone who violates this system will be responsible a a fine of 68 euros (135 euros for heavy goods vehicles).

ZFE radars: automatic restrictions

In practice, inspections are currently very rare, and must currently be carried out by law enforcement officers. They tend to show leniency: indeed, good agents prefer education to punishment, but of course, discrimination does not prove law.

But things will change quickly: the arrival of ZFE radars, which adjust the review of approved vehicles around thanks to license plate readingwill allow severe punishment for offenders.

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ZFE radars: late arrival

These radars work using ANPR (Automatic License Plate Reading) cameras and query a database that allows the vehicle to be linked to its Crit’air sticker. The problem is that this system is not not yet approved and the Government, and its deployment should not take place before the second half of 2023, or even in 2024.

This delay in deployment has already been expressed by some mayors of the capitals, who regret the “deficiency”. In Paris, we are already counting down to the 1ster July 2023 for installation of ZFE radars: date already postponed by one year, due to lack of approval.

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