Geneva cuts speed limit, activates pollution control system
Geneva has activated its new pollution control system.
Any vehicle with a pollution category of 5 cannot enter the centre of the city between 6am and 10pm today.
Also, the speed limit on the autoroute around Geneva has been cut to 80.
Cantonal environmental authorities say the level of fine particles in the atmosphere has reached a dangerous level. Neighboring France is also on a yellow alert for pollution.
It’s the first time the system has been used, but the authorities will have trouble enforcing it as the canton has already said no fines will be issued before March and a court has also weighed in banning fines until a case over jurisdiction has been heard.
The motoring organization the TCS is challenging the canton over the Stick ‘AIR policy – which requires all vehicles in Geneva to show a sticker which rates its pollution impact from 1-5.
The TCS says it needs federal approval, which the canton hasn’t secured.