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).
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
key: green shaded area is the LEZ
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.
Monday to Friday 06:00 – 19:00
Foreign vehicles are also affected and need to display an emission sticker from 1 April 2017 on.
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:
ZCR (zone à circulation restreinte), ZCR pour les véhicules de transport de marchandises