Nice. Air pollution: an alert threshold exceeded, what this changes on the road

Nice. Air pollution: an alert threshold exceeded, what this changes on the road
Nice. Air pollution: an alert threshold exceeded, what this changes on the road


Cyril Bottollier-Lemallaz

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June 20, 2024 at 11:17 a.m.

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This Thursday, June 20, 2024, the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture warns of a threshold now exceeded for atmospheric pollution in Nice and throughout the PACA region.

“Emergency measures aimed at reducing pollutant emissions are therefore put in place in the departments concerned by the alert procedure,” state services say.

Level 1 pollution alert triggered

Level 1 of the air pollution alert threshold is triggered across the region this Thursday. Concretely, this means that “the threshold for fine PM10 particles remains high across the entire region despite scattered showers”.

This episode is linked to the passage of sand from the Sahara over our heads. The weather is not with the Riviera this Thursday, since the department is also placed on alert for storms, throughout the day.

Lowering speed on the road

The regional prefecture has therefore decided to apply a certain number of emergency measures and health recommendations to improve air quality. On the road, several measures are taken to avoid any additional pollution, with the reduction of the maximum authorized speeds by 20 km/h without falling below 70 km/h.

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The prefecture also recommends limiting the use of motor vehicles and encouraging carpooling and public transport, for personal and professional trips, as well as favoring short, non-polluting trips, or even postponing trips that could be polluting. .

Life recommendations

For everyone, the prefecture recommends reducing intense sporting and physical activities, being vigilant towards vulnerable or sensitive people and continuing to ventilate the premises for at least 10 minutes per day.

For vulnerable and sensitive people, high traffic areas should be avoided during peak hours; favor the shortest outings or those requiring the least effort and in the event of respiratory or cardiac discomfort, seek advice from a pharmacist or consult a doctor.

Differentiated traffic if it gets worse

If the prefecture is required to move to vigilance level 2, the highest, it is possible to implement differentiated traffic.

In this case, vehicles equipped with Crit’Air 4 and 5 stickers or unclassified vehicles will not be authorized to circulate within the traffic restriction zones between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., in Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Vallauris, Cagnes-sur -Sea and Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

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