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Introduction
There is an odd-even numberplate scheme that is in operation during high pollution events.
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

At times of high pollution
There was a pollution alarm in place from the 7th December 2016.
Please also check for current alarms on our news page, where we post up to date information.

  • On odd days vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number are allowed to circulate.
  • On even days, only vehicles with license plates ending in an even number are allowed to circulate.

alternating French number plates



Vehicles affected
All vehicles. Vehicles over 7.5 Tonnes are not allowed to circulate in Lyon.

Type of restriction
Odd even emergency scheme

Alternative transport
Lyon travel planner
You can organize your getting around in Lyon with the app Optymod’Lyon. It can be found here.
To rent a bike go here or an electric vehicle go here.

Scheme Boundary
The autoroutes are excluded.
Lyon emergency scheme map

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 April 2017 on also for foreign vehicles.
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.
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
During episodes of high pollution.

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
  • Vehicles with low emissions, electric, hybrid, Natural Gas (CNG/LPG), and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) with a Crit'Air sticker 1, 2 and 3 are exempted during the first 3 days of a pollution event from the odd even scheme. On the fourth day of the pollution event the holders of the Crit'Air 3 sticker for the vehicles mentioned above are also affected by the odd even scheme.
  • Car sharing vehicles
  • Foreign vehicles
  • Collective transport, Taxis
  • Vehicles carrying perishable goods to shops and markets
  • Emergency vehicles and vehicles on urgent public business
  • Vehicles for: construction, cleaning, waste removal, agricultural, motor garages, harbour, postal,
  • Business vehicles from health professionals
  • Vehicles of people with disabilities or reduced mobility
  • Journalists vehicles
  • Tankers
  • Funeral vehicles


Local name for the scheme
Circulation Alternée

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

City website
Lyon city website
For further information you can call here: 08 11 00 06 69
Rhone government public site
Information on Lyon air pollution
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