French drivers would be inclined to drive more slowly on the motorway to fight global warming, according to “Le Parisien”.
By The Point.fr
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QA few common sense practices are enough on the road to save fuel and pollute less. While oil is expensive and global warming is becoming concrete, it is especially a matter of driving slower, for example by going from 130 km/h to 110 on the motorway. And the French are ready to slow down on the major highways, according to a survey by the Elabe Institute and published by The Parisian this Sunday.
Thus, 68% of the French would agree to drive at 110 km/h on the motorways instead of 130 km/h in order to combat global warming. A measure considered acceptable by a majority of the French in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, as COP 27 opens on Sunday in Egypt. While private cars account for 12% of transport-related pollution in the EU, environmentally friendly driving can immediately reduce fuel consumption by 6 to 40%, while reducing polluting gas emissions and the number of accidents. For the French, only one condition is necessary: that all these measures do not cost them more. In France, one in two respondents would not pay more for a product or service presented as more virtuous for the climate, according to the same survey.
A controversial measure
In 2020, Emmanuel Macron had decided to “suspend the debate” on the 110 km/h on the highway proposed by the Citizen’s Climate Convention, to prevent it from “sinking into a controversy” and experiencing “the same fate as the 80 km/h measurement . “The ecological transition must not take place at the expense of the municipalities, of the most landlocked regions”, had advised the 150 members of the Citizens’ Convention. This proposal had triggered the anger of associations of motorists, repeating the dissatisfaction already triggered by 80 km/h on the national In addition, some departments have since reverted to 90 km/h on all or parts of their roads.
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