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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 27 November 2017:

The Toulouse Metropolitan area has an emergency low emission zone scheme during high pollution events. It is not decided yet what the measure will look like. But most likely some vehicles will be banned after a certain amount of days with smog alarm. The Crit'Air sticker is necessary to be allowed to circulate during smog alarm. 

More information here as soon as available.


All vehicles

Emergency scheme


Inside the ring road of Toulouse

    Road Sign
not available yet

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".


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

From 27 November 2017 in times of high pollution events only vehicles that get a certain Crit'Air sticker are allowed to circulate.

    Enforcement
Manual by police

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

to 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

-

Diesel

Euro 2

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000

-

Diesel

Euro 3

1 October 2001 to 30 September 2006

-

non classified

Without norm

until
31 Mai 2000

Diesel

Euro 1 and before

until 
31 December 1996
(vans: 30 September 1997)

Petrol

Euro 1 and before

until 
31 December 1996
(vans: 30 September 1997)

Diesel

Euro 1, 2 and before

until 30 September 2001

Petrol

Euro 1, 2 and before

until 30 September 2001


    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


ZPA (zone de protection de l’air), circultation alternée


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