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Old November 24th, 2014, 12:20 PM   #2901
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Road transport causes seven times more air pollution than shipping, so this option is good news for the environment.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 12:40 PM   #2902
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Old November 24th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #2903
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A57 Toulon - Le Luc

Some photos of A57 I took in September. A57 connects Toulon with the A8 to the northeast. There are a couple of dilapidated signs.


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Old November 25th, 2014, 08:34 AM   #2904
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Old November 25th, 2014, 12:41 PM   #2905
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These are older.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 08:08 PM   #2906
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3 kilometers of second carriageway of N249 between Cholet and A87 will open to traffic on 4 December, Wikisara reports.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 08:34 PM   #2907
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A stretch of four-lane D924 (Argentan - Flers) will open to traffic on 12 December. It runs from A88 to Échouché, approximately 50 kilometers south of Caen.

http://www.tendanceouest.com/actuali...-decembre.html

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Old December 1st, 2014, 09:04 PM   #2908
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A54 Nîmes - Arles

A video of A54 I recorded in September, A54 from Nîmes to Arles. There is a pronounced descent into the Camargue, probably the most notable feature of the A54.

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Old December 1st, 2014, 10:10 PM   #2909
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The carriageway looks very nice.It looks like it was reconstructed not so long time ago.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 05:48 AM   #2910
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Apparently the French government wants to phrase out diesel cars:http://www.autoblog.com/2014/12/01/f...to-ban-diesel/

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Old December 2nd, 2014, 12:07 PM   #2911
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This news article is a bit misleading. The only thing they're going to do is to even taxes for diesel and petrol, so that diesel won't be cheaper at the pump. Diesel cars will continue to be cheaper to run.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 12:13 PM   #2912
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Considering how much worse diesel particulate pollution is for human health than petrol pollution, there is no reason why taxes should be lower for diesel.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 02:10 PM   #2913
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Considering how much worse diesel particulate pollution is for human health than petrol pollution, there is no reason why taxes should be lower for diesel.
I reckon they will follow what the United Kingdom is doing wherein Diesel is more expensive than Unleaded.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 04:37 PM   #2914
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correct would be to make gasoline cheaper, not diesel more expensive. that would be appealing to consumer to prefer gasoline cars. but this is just government wanting more money, labelled with eco tag.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 09:17 PM   #2915
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Considering how much worse diesel particulate pollution is for human health than petrol pollution, there is no reason why taxes should be lower for diesel.
Diesel-fuel cars use a lot less fuel, and oil is a very expensive (and finite) resource. Lower taxes on diesel are (were) meant to reduce dependance on fossil fuels. Extra pollution is a side effect, though modern diesel engines with particle filters don't have this problem.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 04:51 AM   #2916
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but it is screwy since diesel and gasoline come from the same oil. It does seem the oil supply is tending to heavier sources (e.g. bituminous sands from Canada) and cracking is simpler so maybe we should promote diesel (more carbon) to minimise petcoke and other oil waste production...

but anyway shouldn't EURO 6 rules have such stringent PM emissions limits that we shouldn't care? The increase in PM emissions with newer gasoline engines with direct injection is also starting to be noticeable... the new rules are extremely tight.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 12:27 PM   #2917
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but it is screwy since diesel and gasoline come from the same oil. It does seem the oil supply is tending to heavier sources (e.g. bituminous sands from Canada) and cracking is simpler so maybe we should promote diesel (more carbon) to minimise petcoke and other oil waste production...

but anyway shouldn't EURO 6 rules have such stringent PM emissions limits that we shouldn't care? The increase in PM emissions with newer gasoline engines with direct injection is also starting to be noticeable... the new rules are extremely tight.
Do you still think this new tax policy makes any actual sense? It's just a political maneouver to calm down local governments, who are constantly whining about pollution, and they'll also get some extra bucks. There's no "deep" thinking there.

Of course newer petrol cars have particle emission issues. They're just as polluting as new diesel engines.
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Old December 7th, 2014, 07:06 PM   #2918
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N113, Arles

A video of N113 through Arles in southern France. It connects both ends of A54. N113 is a four lane expressway. It is noticeably busier than A54. There are plans to bypass Arles farther to the south.

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Old December 7th, 2014, 07:27 PM   #2919
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This gas tax is rather stupid. Signs of desperation in Paris more than anything sensible.

France builds some of the worlds best diesel engines and Peugeot make one of the best in the world, that 1.6L unit of theirs is fantastic.

Much better to incentivise modern cars through the annual motor tax mechanism and penalise certain older one based on emissions rather than engine size. This is the UK and later Irish model. They could charge a vignette/transit tax that incentivises more modern commercial vehicles ( with a nominal fee of €5 per annum) and charge more for older and less efficient commercial vehicles too.

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables

I'd leave the taxes alone, fuel price rises will only do two things.

1. Help keep France a netch above outright deflation for a year or two when the rise rolls out of the inflation calculation.

2. Will heap more misery on poorer and more rural citizens who have no public transport to fall back on and depend more on their cars.

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France builds some of the worlds best diesel engines and Peugeot make one of the best in the world, that 1.6L unit of theirs is fantastic.
Good point.

I test drove the Peugeot 508 (thrice on the 2.0 Diesel and once on the 2.2 GT)



It's a blast to drive (especially the GT model with 2.2 HDI engine). I was already reaching past 160 km/h and I only realized we were in 5th gear haha (thought I changed it to 6th gear). Amazing car for its category............and more exciting to drive than a similarly-specced Toyota Camry or Honda Accord US version.

It belongs in the league of the Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima.

Anyways going back....

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Much better to incentivise modern cars through the annual motor tax mechanism and penalise certain older one based on emissions rather than engine size. This is the UK and later Irish model. They could charge a vignette/transit tax that incentivises more modern commercial vehicles ( with a nominal fee of €5 per annum) and charge more for older and less efficient commercial vehicles too.

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables
The UK method seems good to apply for France. The main point is that it is important to shift people from antique rustbuckets (seriously who on earth would want to drive a car that is 20+ years old?) into more modern vehicles.

If however you really *NEED* to operate your antique vehicle, then France can implement a policy that Singapore does..........wherein 20+ year old cars can only be used on Sundays.

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2. Will heap more misery on poorer and more rural citizens who have no public transport to fall back on and depend more on their cars.
Oh yeah, I forgot to ask.

If they do implement the diesel tax, can it only be applied to fuel stations with the Paris area.......or will this affect all fuel stations in the whole of France?
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