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 is an alternating number plate scheme in operation, often together with a low emissions zone.
For example those vehicles that vehicles without at least the orange (number 3) French LEZ Stickers (Crit'Air vignettes) are subject to an odd-even number plate traffic ban.
The odd and even number plate ban means that:
All vehicles. Vehicles over 7.5 Tonnes are not allowed to circulate in Lyon.
Type of restriction
Odd even emergency scheme
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.
The scheme covers Lyon and Villeurbanne
The autoroutes are excluded.
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.
Hours of operation
During episodes of high pollution.
Manual by police
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.
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.
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.
Local name for the scheme
More information about stickers in French
Simulate which sticker you would get for your vehicle
Crit air presentation
Lyon city website
For further information you can call here: 08 11 00 06 69
Rhone government public site
Information on Lyon air pollution