Since the 1st of November 2017, the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg has added a new system to the emergency measures it can take in the Eurometropolis area in the event of an extended and intense pollution episode. It is known as "circulation différenciée" which means that all non eco-friendly vehicles can’t be used during the rest of the episode.
You can easily sign up online to be informed when a pollution episode occurs and the special "pollution peak" transport fares are implemented, as well as when the driving restrictions are enforced and when they are lifted. Once your registration has been validated, it will become effective within 2 weeks.
EUROMETROPOLIS VOLUNTARY PLAN
During a pollution episode, the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois), the Grand Est Region and Strasbourg Mobilités operate a joint incentive scheme to encourage the use of public transport rather than private cars. Special fares apply in the buses and trams of the CTS's urban network of the Grand Est Region's Réseau 67 network and to the Vélhop bike rental system. This voluntary plan comes in addition to the measures that could be taken at the same time by the Prefect.
Details of the special fares:
• "Pollution peak" day ticket (buses and trams):
• €1.70 from ticket machines at tram and line G bus stops, and also from the CTS store (9, place Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux in Strasbourg)
• €2 if purchased inside the bus
• "Air pollution" special fare on the Réseau 67 network: €2.50 return ticket
• Reduced bike rental rate: €3 per day from the Centre, Gare, Université, Koenigshoffen and Schiltigheim shops – www.velhop.strasbourg.eu
When do driving restrictions apply?
During pollution episodes, the Prefect has the power to implement restrictions in various fields, including transport (for example lowering the speed limits on the roads), industry, and agriculture. These measures become progressively more restrictive if the pollution episode persists, and, from the 4th day of the episode, they are completed by driving restrictions, which means that non eco-friendly vehicles can’t be used during the rest of the episode.