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    Introduction

A sticker called 'Crit'Air' is mandatory for all vehicles if they want to enter a French 'emergency low emission zone' (ZPA) (in cases of high pollution events) or a French 'low emission zone' (ZRC).

So far there are:


From 1st January 2017
Goods vehicles need to have a French LEZ sticker
This means: Petrol at least Euro 1, Diesel vans at least Euro 3 and Diesel lorries at least Euro 4.

The scheme will tighten over time. By 2020, the most polluting delivery vehicles will be progressively banned

Vans that were registered first before 01.01.1997 and HGV that were registered first before 01.10.2001.

Low emission zone

Grenoble low emission zone map
key: green shaded area is the LEZ

    Road Sign
Grenoble low emission zone road sign

There are stickers called "air quality certificates" (Certificats qualité de I’air) which are mandatory for French and foreign vehicles.

For vehicles registered in France, the French LEZ stickers can be bought here.

Stickers for foreign vehicles can be bought in English, French, German or Spanish. These stickers can be bought by those outside France. Please allow enough time for delivery.
Please note: Buying stickers from some websites can cost up to 5 times the price, so check carefully, and use official sales websites.


All vehicles can use this webpage to see what sticker their vehicle will receive.
For details see "National Scheme".


Monday to Friday 06:00 – 19:00

Foreign vehicles are also affected and need to display an emission sticker from 1 April 2017 on. 
Foreigners can buy their stickers here.


not allowed

    Enforcement
Manual by police

    Penalty
If you drive with a vehicle that does not meet the required standard these fines apply:
cars: 68€, if not paid in 45 days it increases to 180€
HGV and buses 135€, if not paid in 45 days it increases to 375€!

 

Yes. There is a national law, based on the classifications of vehicles shown in the table below.

Low emission zone stickers are mandatory for French vehicles and cost 3,70€ plus an additional cost for postage (0,48€). For vehicles registered in France, the French LEZ stickers can be bought here.

Foreigners can buy their stickers here.

Vehicle Classification according to article L. 318-1 and R. 318-2 French road traffic act

Class

Motor-cycles, trikes and quads

Cars and vans

Lorries

 

 

 

Diesel

Petrol

Diesel

Petrol

French Crit'Air sticker purple

Gas vehicles and electric hybrids

Euro 4

1 January 2017 for motorcycles

1 January 2018 for mopeds

 

 

 

 

-

Petrol 

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

 

 

 

 

-

Petrol

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

French Crit'Air sticker yellow

Euro 3

1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016 for motorcycles

31 December 2017 for mopeds

Diesel

 

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

Petrol

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

 

Diesel

 

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

 

Petrol

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

French Crit'Air sticker orange

Euro 2

1 July 2004 to 31 December 2006

Diesel

 

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

Petrol

Euro 2 and 3

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2005

Diesel

 

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

Petrol

Euro 3 & 4

From  1 October 2001 to 30 September 2009

French Crit'Air sticker brown

Without norm

1 June 2000 to 30 June 2004

Diesel

 

Euro 3

1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005

 

 

 

-

Diesel

Euro 4

From 1 October 2006 to 31 December 2009

 

 

 

-

French Crit'Air sticker grey

-

-

-

-

-

French Crit'Air sticker green

 

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

 

 

 


    Exemptions

The exemptions for the LEZ apply to vehicles:

 

  • of public interest as defined by law R. 311-1
  • of the armed forces
  • vehicles with a parking card for people with disabilities
  • market traders
  • exceptional convoys
  • specialised vehicles
  • funeral convoy
  • HGV transporting logs
  • vehicles especially designed to carry materials for public works
  • towing vehicles
  • snowploughs

ZCR (zone à circulation restreinte), ZCR pour les véhicules de transport de marchandises


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