On December 7, 2023, Warsaw councilors adopted a resolution establishing a Clean Transport Zone in the city. Due to driver protests and negative media reactions, it will be narrower than previously planned. By 2027, SKZ residents will be exempt from restrictions. In addition, they also pay taxes and are registered in the capital.
As we read, in accordance with assumptions published on the city’s website in November, the Warsaw Council has significantly reduced the area of the Warsaw SKZ. According to the previous draft, the zone was supposed to cover entire districts: Śródmieście, Żoliborz and Prague Polnoc, almost all of Ochota and Prague Poludne, most of Mokotów and half of Wola. After significant adjustments, the zone zone will now only cover all of Śródmiecie and parts of the central districts.
The border of the SGB will run along: Primas Tysyankletiya Avenue – from Jerusalem Alley to the intersection with railway line No. 20 in the area of u200bu200bthe street. Czorsztynska; railway lines No. 20, 501, 9 and 7; Vyatrachnaya street; United States Avenue; Lazienki Bridge; People’s Army Avenue; Wawelska street; Kopińska street from st. Wawelskaya plc. M. Sokolovsky “Grzhimala”; Lieutenant Colonel Street M. Sokolovsky “Grzhimala”; Alley Jerozolimskie from st. Lieutenant colonel. M. Sokolovsky “Grzhimala” to Primas Tysenkletsiy Avenue. In total, SKT will occupy an area of 37 square kilometers, that is, 7%. Capital area. The city said the boundary streets will be located outside the SCR.
Warsaw residents will have peace until the end of 2027
Compared to the previous draft, key issues have also changed regarding not only the date of introduction of the zone, but also temporary exceptions to the introduced rules. According to assumptions published on the city’s website in November of this year, in the first stage (from July 1, 2024 to the end of 2025), the following requirements should have been imposed on cars: a vehicle with a gasoline engine (including liquefied petroleum gas). ) had to comply with the Euro 2 standard or be manufactured no earlier than 1997 (i.e., the maximum age of the car in the year of introduction is 27 years). A car with a diesel engine had to meet at least the Euro 4 standard or be produced no earlier than 2006 (i.e., the maximum age of the car in the year of introduction was 18 years). It is interesting that in the first two stages, residents of the YGT territory who paid taxes in Warsaw should have been exempt from fulfilling the requirements of the YGT. They were supposed to be contacted only from January 2028. Residents of the zone were to be given four years to adapt to its requirements. In addition, an additional exception was planned for pensioners (people who will be 70 years old by the end of 2023) provided they owned vehicles before January 1, 2024.
What changed on December 7?
The new project of the Warsaw SKT provides that by the end of 2027, not only residents of the zone, but also all people paying taxes and registered in the capital will be exempt from the rules in force in the SKT. The SCT rules will apply to them only from January 2028. Then they will not be able to drive in the zone in a diesel car older than 13 years or a gasoline car older than 22 years. In the case of companies, CIT tax and the registered office of the company will be taken into account. The rest of the people, as in the previous project of the capital’s SKT, from July 2024 will not be able to move around the zone in a diesel car over 18 years old or a gasoline car over 27 years old. The city also wants to introduce an additional exception for pensioners (people who will be 70 years old by the end of 2023) provided that they were vehicle owners before the passage of the State Customs Code. This means that people over 70 will be exempt from the rules under the SCT indefinitely if certain conditions are met. The zone’s rules will also not apply to owners of vintage cars.
How will vehicle entry into the SCT be verified?
For approximately 95 percent of vehicles whose authorization can be confirmed by access to the Central Register of Vehicles, stickers are not issued. Stickers will be required for older vehicles that meet the exemption criteria (for example, SCT residents or seniors who previously purchased a vehicle). The city also planned a “mixed” monitoring system for the planned zone – including both patrols monitoring vehicles inside the zone and at its entrances, and the existing camera system (at the entrance to the zone). According to the Code of Minor Offences, violating the rules for entering the zone entails a fine of up to PLN 500.
Old diesel engines are the main source of pollution
As reported somewhat cryptically on the city’s website, a study of vehicle emissions on Warsaw streets conducted in the fall of 2020 by a team of scientists from the ICCT shows that most of the pollution comes from older cars, especially diesel-powered ones. Measurements of almost 150,000 vehicles would show that vehicles built before 2006, although they made up only 17 percent of fleets, accounted for 37%. nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and 52 percent dust emissions (PM).
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