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In Chartres, trucks become non grata

The city of Chartres has implemented drastic measures to limit the circulation of heavy goods vehicles and utility vehicles in its city center. Fed up with their emissions, their noise and their dimensions…

You will not fall from the clouds when you learn that the car has no longer been popular in our cities in recent years. She, who once reigned as mistress, is increasingly being chased out of large cities. Both questions of air pollution as well as noise or visual nuisance. The phenomenon is not new. For decades, we have seen the proliferation of meeting areas, pedestrian thoroughfares, relay car parks, or even entire city centers reserved for soft mobility. But this phenomenon has accelerated in recent years. France has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. But also to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. 40% compared to 1990! A deadline that pushes local authorities to ban cars from their territoriesat least the most polluting.


It is for this reason that we see the development of more and more limited traffic zones, or “ZTL”, which emerge as a solution for relieve traffic congestion in town centres. In these areas, Priority is given to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Such a system has already been deployed in Nantes, Grenoble and Rennes, and soon Paris. At the same time, low-emission zones (ZFEs) continue to gain ground. They restrict traffic in the city center to the least polluting vehicles, categorized according to the Crit’Air category to which they belong. Environmental objective: ban vehicles classified Crit’Air 3, 4 and 5 by 2025 from cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants. In a completely different register, a town in the Center-Val de Loire has decided to ban heavy goods vehicles and utility vehicles from its town center…

Chartres bans utility vehicles and heavy goods vehicles from its city center

Chartresprefecture of Eure-et-Loir (28) in a fed up with trucks, and decided to crack down. These will be non grata in the city center depending on the time of day, and especially depending on their motorization and their size ! Concretely, utility vehicles and heavy goods vehicles can now deliver between only 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and until 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays. Access to the city center outside of these times is prohibited! Except for 100% electric trucks or utility vehicles. A strong measure which could give ideas to other cities in France, and further complicate the circulation of these large and polluting vehicles…

“The purpose of the last mile delivery system is to regulate the deliveries of goods to merchants and individuals in the pedestrian city center of Chartres to favor, during the peak hours of pedestrian traffic, tourist strolling and leisure activities and “, underlined the city of Chartres in a press release.

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