here’s everything that changes for french drivers

Cheaper fuel from 1 September

Let’s start with the only really good news for the start of the new school year: the increase in the government discount to 30 cents per liter of fuel at all gas stations in the country from September 1, 2022. of 18 euro cents in mainland France.

As long as the price of a barrel of oil does not rise and that the prices of the distributors remain at current levels, you are guaranteed to be able to find 95 unleaded and diesel at less than 1.70 euros per litre. Note in passing that a discount of 20 cents per liter of fuel on the TotalEnergies network is also on the program. Like the government’s, it will be reduced to 10 cents per liter from November 1st and should disappear completely after the end of the year.

The 90 km/h return

Reduced by government decree in 2018 to 80 km/h, the maximum authorized speed on the secondary network drops to 90 km/h in a large number of departments.

On August 1, there were already no less than 40 where it is legal to drive again at 90 km/h: Puy-de-Dôme, Aveyron, Allier, Corrèze, Creuse, Cantal, Lozère, Orne, Seine-et-Marne, Côte- d’Or, Meuse, Sarthe, Haute-Marne, Marne, Haute-Saône, Charente, Calvados, Haute-Vienne, Maine-et-Loire, Tarn, Loiret, Gers, Hérault, Jura, Cher, Loir-et-Cher, Hautes-Alpes, Indre-et-Loire, Dordogne, Eure-et-Loir, Deux-Sèvres, Vosges, Charente-Maritime, Mayenne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Aube, Indre, Vienne, Isère, Saône-et-Loire, Upper Loire , Lower Rhine and Upper Rhine. Other departments are expected to step back in the coming months.

End of free scooter parking in Paris

If you are one of those Ile-de-France residents who drives a scooter to avoid traffic jams and the exorbitant price of parking in the capital, you will have to change your strategy: from September 1, 2022, parking will be charged for all two thermal wheels in Paris.

Electric two-wheel vehicles are not concerned, as are people with disabilities and home care professionals. To pay, you will have to use parking meters or dedicated apps (PayByPhone, ParkNow or Flowbird), but beware, the price will be high (about half the prices of cars). For residents, it will be possible to obtain a subscription limited to one two-wheeled vehicle per user.

The return of mandatory technical control for two wheels?

While the government finally seemed to want to cancel its mandatory technical control project, the Council of State has just challenged this decision considered incompatible with European law. The government will therefore have to work on a solution to respect its commitments to the European Union. Possibly “putting an alternative solution to this two-wheel technical control”, as Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu explained on the LCI set last July. It is recalled that this mandatory technical inspection project also concerns vehicles without a driving license.

ZFEs are deployed across France

No change in Paris, where Crit’Air 4 and 5 vehicles are still banned: the ban on Crit’Air 3 vehicles (diesel before 2011 and gasoline before 2006) was finally postponed to 1 July 2023 in the capital .

But most of France’s other big cities are also starting to ban urban centers from accessing the most polluting vehicles. In Lyon, as of September 1, 2022, you will no longer be able to enter the ZFE with a Crit’Air 5 vehicle.

Same thing on the same dates in Marseille with the ban on these Crit’Air 5s in their ZFE. In Rouen and Toulouse, the ban on access to the ZFE will apply to the Crit’Air 5 but also to the Crit’Air 4 as in Paris! In Grenoble, on the other hand, only public services and other freight transport are prohibited from accessing.

Note, however, that currently, violations of these traffic bans for older vehicles are still not sufficiently sanctioned. In Lyon, Marseille or Rouen, they are not expected to arrive until early 2023.

New cleaner travel apps

A new decree of August 3, 2022 now obliges car travel apps (Waze, Google Maps, etc.) but also to offer them routes that generate less pollution. Your app will show you warning messages and more possible routes. But it will still be possible to prefer a faster route.

A great bonus for buying an e-bike

The scale of the Green Purchase Bonus did not change as of July 1. Thus, you also benefit from an ecological bonus of €6,000 when purchasing a new electric vehicle for less than €45,000 and €2,000 if it costs between €45,000 and €60,000 (or a €1,000 bonus when purchasing a plug – in a hybrid vehicle of less than €50,000).

On the other hand, the government has set a big bonus for the purchase of an electric bike that can now reach €4000. But it is conditioned to very low yields.

more terminals

If the goal of reaching 100,000 charging points before the end of 2021 in France remains a failure, the electric charging network continues to expand in the country. Since the beginning of 2022, more than 13,000 charging points and 5,000 new stations have been added. Last July, there were a total of 66,960 charging points in France.

The price of electricity is going up

Do you own an electric car? Unfortunately, the price of your public charging station will go up. On the Allego network, the price per kWh drops to 50 cents for a 22 kW terminal, 69 cents for a 50 kW terminal and 79 cents for very fast charging.

Due to the increase in electricity prices since the end of last year, the remaining operators are also increasing their price increases. Last March, the price per kWh of Tesla Superchargers, the network reputed to be the most reliable on the market for the brand’s customers, averaged 46 euro cents.

Fear in the energies until the end of 2022

With electricity whose wholesale price has just risen to €1,000 per MWh in France, up from €85 a year ago, everyone fears an energy crisis even more dire than the one that has only affected fossil fuels since the start of the year 2022. .

So it’s hard to see how electric car charging prices could not explode in the coming weeks. Will the winter of 2022 be catastrophic for all French people, including drivers? Will we reach extreme situations because of this unprecedented increase in energy prices? Come on, good luck for the start of the school year…

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