Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Geneva - Switzerland
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 13-11-2019
Type of environmental zone: Zone of air protection, depending on weather conditions and activated if the pollutant values exceed, for example, >50 µg/m³ for particulate matter. Monday to Sunday between 6 am and 10 pm.
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Vehicles without Stick'Air vignette and vehicles with insufficient Stick'Air vignette class, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution.
Vignette classes 3, 4 and 5 could be excluded from traffic.
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable
Fines: 455 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The area of the environmental zone includes the city of Geneva and part of the surrounding municipalities of Carouge, Cologny, Lancy and Vernier.
Special features: The French Crit’Air vignette is recognised in the environmental zone of Geneva.
A transitional period of 2 years applies to vans and trucks (N1-N3).
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
Germans do not want to give up the car. More than half of them are against car-free city centres. Even among younger citizens, who tend to be more in favour of reducing car traffic, there is no majority in favour of locking out car traffic.
Electric cars could soon be affected by the restrictions imposed by environmental zones. Due to their high particulate matter production, the OECD demands that the emissions of electric cars be taken into account in driving bans. Manufacturers like Daimler would then have to switch to significantly smaller models or filter systems.
In order to reduce air pollution, stickers and registrations can only be issued to vehicles that comply with the specified emission standards. However, there are various exceptions to the sticker and registration requirement. As with all other rules in the environmental zones, these vary greatly from country to country.
Due to the flood disasters in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, the question arises whether e-cars are not roadworthy in floods compared to combustion cars, because the electrics could short-circuit in the water and sparks could fly. According to experts, this is nonsense. Electric cars even have an advantage over combustion cars.
Different stickers for different countries - in the border region between France and Germany this is currently particularly annoying. From the beginning of next year, Strasbourg will introduce a permanent low emission zone in which at least the French category 4 sticker will be required. German commuters will also have to prepare themselves for this.
In the fight against ultra-fine dust, Amsterdam Airport wants to use fog to trap the particles and make them sink to the ground. The small particles produced by the ground movement of aircraft are particularly harmful to health because they can penetrate far into the lungs. But stronger fuel regulation would also help.
Travelling with motorhomes and caravans is becoming more and more restricted in Europe. It is not only the increasingly strict rules in the environmental zones that worry campers, but also the forced switch to electric drive. Because the heavy trailers consume too much energy and therefore drastically reduce the range of e-cars. Dethleffs is already working on a solution - but this means considerable costs for holidaymakers.
Tesla wants to open its charging stations to all vehicles. The charging stations of the American e-car pioneer are far superior to other models in terms of both number of units and technology. Thanks to Tesla, the network of charging stations would take an enormous leap forward. It is not yet clear what the company will get out of this and how it will be technically possible to implement it.
By 2023, many cities in Spain will have to introduce low emission zones by law. Both domestic and foreign vehicles are affected. A new traffic sign is now to mark the environmental zones in a uniform and clearly recognisable way.