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).
Dates and details
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.
Type of restriction
Low emission zone
key: green shaded area is the LEZ
Need to Register?
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.
Foreign vehicles affected?
Foreign vehicles are also affected and need to display an emission sticker from 1 April 2017 on.
Hours of operation
Monday to Friday 06:00 – 19:00
Manual by police
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.
The exemptions for the LEZ apply to vehicles:
Local name for the scheme
ZCR (zone à circulation restreinte), ZCR pour les véhicules de transport de marchandises
More information about stickers in French
Simulate which sticker you would get for your vehicle
Official information on the Grenoble LEZ