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Warsaw. Public consultations on the clean transport zone are being launched

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In mid-2024, a clean transport zone is to start operating in the capital. Diesel cars over 18 years old and petrol cars over 27 years old are not allowed. The proposed shape of the zone is to be discussed with the residents. The public consultation begins on Wednesday.

The City Hall has been planning to implement a clean transport zone in Warsaw for some time. Officials talked about this, among others, in April last year, when they presented a report on exhaust emissions from vehicles, the conclusions of which were to be used as a starting point for the development of a zone with entry restrictions for the most polluting cars.

Consultations are starting

Both the area of ​​the clean transport zone in the capital, the dates of its introduction, as well as the requirements or exceptions for selected groups of people or vehicles will be the subject of public consultations, which will last until April 25. Everyone can participate in them. It is also an opportunity to ask questions and talk about possible fears and doubts that may accompany the announced changes.

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The next consultation meeting will take place on Wednesday at the Local Activity Center at Grójecka 109, from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm. The next meeting dates are scheduled at the same times: March 16 at the Intergenerational Activity Center at 9 Armii Ludowej Avenue, March 29 at the Targowa Creativity Center at 56 Targowa Street, and April 12 at the Praga-Południe Culture Promotion Center at 2 Podskarbińska Street.

You can also participate in meetings organized online on YouTube – you can discuss in the chat or connect and speak during the meeting. You can sign up at the e-mail address sct@um.warszawa.pl. The next meeting will be held on March 22 at 5.30 pm.

Comments can also be sent:

via the form: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfjpre2vYFVCs…/viewform by e-mail to the following address: sct@um.warszawa.pl

Details on the consultation: https://konsultacje.um.warszawa.pl/sct.

What is a clean transport zone?

The clean transport zone is a separate area where only vehicles that meet the relevant exhaust emission standards (professionally referred to as Euro standards) can move. These standards are directly linked to the vehicle’s production date. In Poland, until recently, there were no regulations enabling the creation of such zones, but they have been functioning in Europe for a long time – currently there are over 320 of them, the largest number in Germany and Italy. The first city to adopt a resolution on the implementation of such a solution is Kraków. The new regulations will apply from July 1, 2024. The design of the zone was also presented by Wrocław at the end of last year. Now Warsaw joins them.

The zone will cover most of Śródmieście, parts of Wola, Ochota, and on the other side of the Vistula Saska Kępa, part of Praga Północ and Południa. “The borders of the zone will coincide with the main roads and railway lines that will not be included in the zone. These borders will be marked by: Prymasa Tysiąclecia Avenue, Aleje Jerozolimskie, Kopińska, Wawelska, Armii Ludowej Avenue, United States Avenue, Wiatraczna Avenue, and then railway tracks along the northern railway bypass – up to Aleja Prymasa Tysiąclecia.

Clean transport zone – proposed boundariesCity Hall of Warsaw

There will be exceptions

The City Hall analyzes show that the introduction of the first stage (in 2024) will concern two percent of cars, and in subsequent stages: 9, 16, 23 and 27 percent. “In the first stage, the restriction of entry to the SCT would apply to petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 2 standard (older than 27 years) and diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard (older than 18 years). Later, the requirements for emission standards will be increased every two years exhaust fumes for cars moving in the zone, officials announce.

Of course, there will also be exceptions. Rescue service cars, historic vehicles, special cars, e.g. garbage trucks, and cars of disabled people will be able to move in the zone. The city is considering introducing temporary exclusions, for example, in the event of an emergency drive to the hospital.

Clean transport zone – stages of implementationCity Hall of Warsaw

The Council of Warsaw will be able to decide whether to enlarge the zone in the future or change the rules of its functioning. Amendments will be consulted with residents.

The zone will be controlled by the city guard and the police. And for entering an unauthorized, old car (without the appropriate sticker) there will be a fine of PLN 500. The town hall also has a plan to honor markings from other cities. This means that stickers from Kraków or Wrocław will also be valid in the capital.

Main photo source: TVN24

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