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Introduction
The Crit’Air sticker is mandatory from 1st July 2017 on if you want to drive during a pollution event or in a resticted area (low emission zone).
An emergency low emission zone scheme started in Grenoble on 1st November 2016, in cases of air pollution when older vehicles are banned.
The Crit’Air sticker is mandatory from 1st July 2017 on if you want to drive during a pollution event or in a resticted area (low emission zone).

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 foreign vehicles.

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

Foreigners can buy their stickers here.


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. Foreigners can buy their stickers here.



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.

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 green

 

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

 

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

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

Petrol

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

 

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

 

Petrol

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

French Crit'Air sticker orange

Euro 2

1July 2004 to 31 December 2006

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

Petrol

Euro 2 and 3

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2005

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

Euro 3

1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005

 

 

 

-

Euro 4

From 1 October 2006 to 31 December 2009

 

 

 

-

French Crit'Air sticker grey

 

 

 

-

Euro 2

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000

 

 

 

-

Euro 3

From 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2006

 

 

 

-

 



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

    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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