The port of Nice has reinforced its security measures for all vehicles embarking on the ferries heading to Corsica. As a result, residents and local businesses have been confronted with more traffic jams, noise and pollution.
At the beginning of the summer, the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes issued a new regulation requiring security personnel of the Port of Nice to thoroughly check all cars going on the ferry to Corsica. The massive white and yellow vessel Corsica Ferries can accommodate at least 500 cars on board which, can quickly lead to road congestion, especially when two or more ferries leave at the same time. Passengers are being advised to arrive at least one hour before the departure to avoid traffic.
Yet, in the last week, neighbouring restaurants and shops have suffered from the high volume of gridlocks, and businesses have noticed a decline in tourism due to the exhaustive security measures.