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Introduction
An emergency low emission zone scheme started in Grenoble on 1st November 2016, in cases of air pollution when older vehicles are banned.

A sticker called 'certificat qualité de l’air' is mandatory for French vehicles and from 1st April 2017 also for foreign vehicles. Look for more information under 'National Scheme' on this page.
A fine of 68€ - 135€ will be send as a penalty for not complying.

Dates and details
From 1 November 2016:

The Grenoble Metropolitan area has an emergency low emission zone scheme during high pollution events:

  • On the second day of a high pollution event the speed limit with be lowered to 20km/h.
  • If the pollution event lasts longer than five days only vehicles with a Crit'Air sticker are allowed to drive. See the national scheme section below for more details on the sticker. Public transport can be used with one ticket throughout the day and renting a bike (Métrovélo) is half-price.
  • If the events lasts longer than seven days vehicles need a minimum of Crit'Air sticker. Public transport and renting a bike (Métrovélo) is for free.


A pollution alarm was in operation from the 7-18th December 2016. Another started on the 21st December 2016, 2nd January 2017. Check on our news page, also the Grenoble city announcements on pollution alarm.

Vehicles affected
All vehicles

Type of restriction
Emergency scheme

Alternative transport
Travel planner

Scheme Boundary
The metropolitan region of Grenoble with its 49 communes, covering about 600 square km.

Road Sign
not available yet

Need to Register?
There are stickers called "air quality certificates" (Certificats qualité de I’air) which are mandatory for French vehicles and from 1 February 2017 on also for foreign vehicles.
For vehicles registered in France, the French LEZ stickers can be bought here now. Foreign vehicles will be able to buy their LEZ stickers in early January 2017. The website will offer an English interface, then in other languages. We will keep you updated on this website. In the meanwhile, we recommend that you have your vehicle papers, and proof of Euro standard with you when you travel in Paris.
All vehicles can use this webpage to see what sticker their vehicle will receive.
For details see "National Scheme".

Foreign vehicles affected?
Foreign vehicles are also affected and need to display an emission sticker from 1 April 2017 on. The French government is likely to install a link on their site to order the sticker from outside the country. We will insert this information as soon as it is available.

Retrofitting allowed?
not allowed

Hours of operation
From 1st November 2016 in times of high pollution events lasting longer than 5 days: sticker Crit'Air mandatory.
If high pollution events lasts longer than 7 days: only vehicles with sticker Crit'Air 3, 2, 1 and green are allowed to drive.

Enforcement
Manual by police

Penalty
A fine of 68€ will be send.
HGV and busses pay 135€.
Note: It is not an infraction not to show (put up) the Crit'Air sticker on the car windshield. Police will control the vehicle registration card.

National Scheme

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 now. For vehicles registered in other countries it will be possible to purchase them from 1st April 2017.

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

Class

Motorcycles, trikes and quads

 

Cars and vans

 

Lorries

 

 

Diesel

Petrol

Diesel

Petrol

 

 

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

 

Gas vehicles and electric hybrids

 

 

 

Euro 4

1 January 2017 for motorcycles

1 January 2018 for mopeds

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

Euro IV

From 1 January 2014

 

 

Euro 3

1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016 for motorcycles

 

31 December 2017 for mopeds

 

 

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

 

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

 

Euro VI

From 1 January 2014

 

 

Euro V

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

 

 

Euro 2

1July 2004 to

31 December 2006

 

 

 

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

 

 

Euro 2 and 3

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2005

 

 

 

Euro V

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

 

Euro III and IV

From  1 October 2001 to 30 September 2009

 

 

 

Without norm

1 June 2000 to 30 June 2004

 

 

 

Euro 3

1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

Euro IV

From 1 October 2006 to 31 December 2009

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

Euro 2

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

Euro III

From 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2006

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

Foreign vehicles will be able to buy their LEZ stickers in early January 2017. The website will offer an English interface, then in other languages. We will keep you updated on this website. In the meanwhile, we recommend that you have your vehicle papers, and proof of Euro standard with you when you travel in Paris.

Exemptions

The exemptions for the LEZ apply to vehicles:

  • of public interest as defined by law R. 311-1
  • of the armed forces
  • of civil security
  • of driving schools
  • of removal companies
  • of authorized market suppliers
  • transporting frozen goods and fuelling vehicle
  • specialized vehicles not used for the carriage of goods as defined in Annex 5 of the decree of February 9, 2009, except motor homes
  • such as authorized exceptional convoys
  • vehicles that have collectible marked on their registration
  • that are over 30 years of age, used as part of a commercial activity for tourism with a sticker of authorisation behind the windshild
  • vehicules with a parking card for people with disabilities



    Local name for the scheme
    Zone de protection de l’air

    Further Information
    More information about stickers in French
    Simulate which sticker you would get for your vehicle
    Crit air presentation

    City website

    Day 1 of pollution episode

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From day 2

     

     

    Speed reduced to 70km/h on A51, A480, between the tollbooths of Vif and Voreppe, A41 between Carronnerie and tollbooth Crolles

     

    Speed reduced to 20km/ on streets where the maximum speed is greater or equal 90km/h.

     

     

     

    From day 5

     

    Public transport: one ticket valid all day and half-price renting a bike (Métrovélo)

     

     

     

     

    Vehicles without Crit’Air sticker are not allowed to circulate

     

    From day 7

     

    Public transport and renting a bike (Métrovélo) are for free.

     

    Vehicles with Crit’Air sticker 4 and 5 are not allowed to circulate.

     



    Grenoble city website
    More information on the Grenoble scheme, including when it is in operation
    Leaflet
    To check the actual air quality in Grenoble click Air quality check Grenoble.

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