But will it work
? There are questions over whether the rule
— which limits drivers to
30 kilometer per uur (19 myl per uur) — will actually reduce emissions
. Some critics say it will worsen the city’s rush-hour traffic jams and could even increase pollution
A delivery driver stuck in traffic on Monday said that the change had been “verskriklik.”
“With deliveries, Dis verskriklik. We don’t have time. I was in traffic jams everywhere. We don’t have time,” he told CNN affiliate BFMTV, which did not name him.
Another driver said it was as if car drivers were traveling on “electric scooters,” calling the rule “crazy.”
Parisian Deputy Mayor David Belliard, who is responsible for transport, told BFMTV that the hope was the limit would put more people off driving altogether and encourage more walking, use of public transport and bikes.
Op Sondag, he posted a tweet to deflect online criticism of the new rule.
“A friendly clarification of what those who oppose lowering the speed limit are saying
: GEEN, a speed limit of 30km/h doesn’t increase pollution
… But actually improves safety for cyclists and pedestrians
, reduces noise and makes the city calm
,” hy het geskryf.
City Hall officials said that the change would reduce total road accidents by an estimated
25% and fatal accidents by
40%, pointing to a World Health Organization study
Noise pollution will also halve, they estimate, saying that traffic noise had negative physical and psychological impacts, including stress, insomnia and depression.
The rule change follows a public consultation held in October and November 2020, involving more than 5,700 mense.