Wrocław, like Warsaw and Kraków – will remove the old diesel from the city center. Who will not enter clean transport zones and when?
Wrocław – most likely in 2025 – will join Warsaw and Krakow in removing old diesels from the city center. This will be done despite the voice of residents, who were overwhelmingly against the clean transport zone during the public consultation. – We still don’t know if residents will accept the clean transport zone, which is a limited tool for improving air quality in the city – announced Tomasz Sikora from the press office of the Wrocław city hall in March. At the same time, 60 percent voted against the establishment of a clean transport zone in Wrocław. people who participated in the public consultation. However, those in power in Wrocław will not take into account the opinion of the voting population and will establish an area in the city. This will be the implementation of a resolution brought by the Lower Silesian parliament, which forced the city to exclude old and smoky cars from the city center. – Negative voices prevailed. The 60:40 ratio, which is common in the case of discussions on emotional topics – the negative has the greatest motivational power. All comments are included in the appendix of the report, said Tomasz Sikora in an interview with “Gazeta Wrocławska”. The so-called equality variant, according to which the zone will cover the area where 22.5 percent live. natives of Wrocław. Restrictions will be established in the large estates of Stare Miasto, Nadodrze, Kleczkowo, Ołbin, Pl. Grunwaldzki, Przedmieście Świdnickie, Szczepin and parts of Przedmieście Oławskie. However, the leaders will deal with the establishment of the area in an unrestricted manner. By 2030, the entry ban will no longer apply to local residents. The dates for introducing the next stages of the clean transport zone will also be delayed. Previously, cars that did not meet the emission standards of subsequent emissions were to be removed from the zone in 2025, 2028 and 2032. Currently, the dates for consultation are: 2025, 2030 and 2035. According to the “sustainable” difference, from 2025. cars of gasoline that do not meet at least the Euro 3 emission level, that is, manufactured before 2000, and diesel vehicles manufactured before 2005 (not meeting the Euro 4 standard) will not be allowed to enter the area. From 2030, the ban will cover petrol cars made before 2005 and diesel cars over 20 years old. Five years later, petrol cars made before 2010 and diesel cars made before 2015, i.e. those that do not meet the standard of Euro 6, will not enter that area. Clean transport zones will be established in Warsaw and Kraków earlier than Wrocław. This will take place in July 2024. Thus, the two largest Polish cities will join more than 300 European cities that are in power. Currently, 37 cities in Poland with a population exceeding 100,000 have the possibility to introduce a ban on smoking cars in city centers. Krakow – the whole city as a zone The first clean transport zone in Krakow became operational in 2019. It was called Kazimierz, but after protests from residents and entrepreneurs working there, it was canceled. However, in November 2022, the councilors of Krakow passed a resolution that will certainly hit the owners of old cars, but also foreigners, harder. From July 1, 2024, the whole of Krakow will be a clean transport zone. For the first two years, petrol cars that do not meet the requirements of the Euro 1 standard, i.e. manufactured before 1992, and diesel cars that do not meet the Euro 2 standard, i.e. older than 28 years (produced before 1996), are not allowed to enter the city. Two years later, on July 1, 2026, the second part of the resolution will come into force, according to which only gasoline cars that meet the Euro 3 standard and diesel cars that meet the Euro 5 standard will be allowed to enter the city. The first step, the traffic ban will apply to older petrol vehicles. even those that do not meet the Euro 1 standard or manufactured before 1992, and diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 2 standard or manufactured before 1996. From July 1, 2026, only gasoline vehicles with the Euro 3 Standard (issued after 2001) and diesel will be allowed to enter Krakow with Euro 5 (issued after 2011), i.e. cars up to 15 years old. At the same time, according to current statistics, only every third car registered in Poland is under 15 years old. Moreover, if after March 1, 2023, we bought and registered a car that does not meet the criteria of restrictions that will come into force in 2026, we will not be able to drive it to Krakow from July 1, 2024. Seniors. Cars in Krakow will be used by the elderly. Violating the ban, i.e. not having the appropriate sticker on the windshield, will result in a fine of PLN 500. Warsaw authorities are a step further in establishing a clean transport zone, although its launch is also planned for July 1, 2024. Public consultation is currently underway , where residents can express their opinions, among others. on the borders of the zone. Warsaw – ban on entering the city center next year The situation in Warsaw is different from that of Krakow. The corridor will not cover the whole city, but most of Śródmieście and the surrounding areas of Wola, Ochota, Saska Kępa, as well as parts of Grochów and Praga. However, the capital city authorities plan to immediately impose restrictions on owners of small cars. In 2024, a ban on entry into the clean transport zone would be introduced for petrol cars that do not meet the Euro 2 standard (produced before 1997) and diesel cars that do not meet the Euro 4 standard (produced before 2006). Every two years the restrictions will be increased so that in 2032 only petrol cars manufactured in 2015 (meeting the Euro 6 standard) and diesel cars manufactured from 2021 onwards will be allowed to enter the area. According to the calculations of the capital’s authorities, the first restrictions will affect approximately 2%. cars around Warsaw. However, a target ban introduced in 2032 would affect every fourth car entering the capital.