Kraków will have the country's first Clean Transportation Zone (SCT). This is nothing new in the West: the first zones were established a quarter of a century ago. However, for Polish conditions, the Clean Transportation Zones are a novel solution. It will be introduced in the Malopolska capital in mid-2024.
The Clean Transportation Zone (SCT for short) is a way used in Europe for years to improve air quality in cities. Introducing the zone means restricting entry to the oldest vehicles, emitting the most pollution.
The SCT will be introduced gradually. The first stage will go into effect in July 2024. At that time, the oldest, most polluting cars, i.e. those close to and over 30 years old, will not enter the city. The second stage of the SCT will begin in July 2026. And here the entry restriction will already apply to cars over 26 years old (gasoline) and over 16 years old (diesel). That is, only gasoline/LPG vehicles with a minimum Euro 3 standard will enter Krakow and diesel vehicles with a minimum Euro 5 standard.