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).
There is an odd-even numberplate scheme that is in operation during high pollution events.
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. For vehicles registered in France, the French LEZ sticker can be bought here.
And from 1 February 2017 on also foreign vehicles >3.5 tonnes are affected in Lyon.
Foreign vehicles affected?
Foreign vehicles >3.5 tonnes are affected.
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.
Foreigners can buy their stickers here.
Local name for the scheme
More information about stickers in French
Simulate which sticker you would get for your vehicle
Lyon city website
For further information you can call here: 08 11 00 06 69
Rhone government public site
Information on Lyon air pollution