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Warning!

Only buy stickers from the national french ministry website, linked below. Other sites are often much more expensive, if they provide you with a valid sticker at all.

Stickers can be bought (also by foreigners) from the national French MinistryThe very well made and easy to understand website is available in EnglishFrenchGermanItalian and Spanish

A sticker called Certificats qualité de l’air = 'Crit'Air' is mandatory for all vehicles if they want to enter a French

  • 'low emission zone' called ZRC (zones with restricted circulation) or
  • 'emergency low emission zone' called ZPA (air protection zone in cases of high pollution events).


So far there are:

Look for more information under 'National Scheme' further down on this page.


The odd and even number plate traffic plan during high pollution events in Lyon-Villeurbanne is no longer in place. It has been substituted by differentiated traffic on 16 November 2017. 

The scheme now looks as following:

  • Level information-recommandation
  • Level alert N1: only vehicles with Crit'Air sticker are allowed to circulate
  • Level alert N2: after 2 days of high pollution events, only vehicles with Crit'Air 0, 1, 2 and 3 are allowed to circulate
  • Level alert N2 aggravated: only vehicles with Crit'Air sticker 0, 1 and 2 are allowed to circulate 

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

differentiated traffic emergency scheme

The scheme covers Lyon and Villeurbanne
The autoroutes are excluded.
Lyon emergency scheme map

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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".


During episodes of high pollution.

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

    Enforcement
Manual by police

    Penalty
If you drive with a vehicle that does not meet the required standard these fines apply:
cars: 68€, if not paid in 45 days it increases to 180€
HGV and buses 135€, if not paid in 45 days it increases to 375€!

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

non classified

Without norm

until

31 Mai 2000

Euro 1 and before

until

31 December 1996

(vans: 30 September 1997)

Euro 1 and before

until

31 December 1996

(vans: 30 September 1997)

Euro 1, 2 and before

until 30 September 2001

Euro 1, 2 and before

until 30 September 2001

French Crit'Air sticker grey

-

Euro 2

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000

-

Euro 3

1 October 2001 to 30 September 2006

-

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 orange

Euro 2

1 July 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 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

Euro 3 & 4

From  1 October 2001 to 30 September 2009

French Crit'Air sticker yellow

Euro 3

1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016 for motorcycles

to 31 December 2017 for mopeds

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

French Crit'Air sticker purple

 

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 6

From 1 January 2014

French Crit'Air sticker green

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

 


    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 <3.5 tonnes (eg cars, vans and many, but not all, campervans)
  • 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

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.

Circulation Alternée

FAQ page on Crit'Air stickers in English

More information about stickers in French
My vehicle needs which sticker?

Leaflet in English

If you have further questions concerning the French sticker system, you can get in touch directly with the French authorities: 

by email or by phone Monday to Friday from 09:00 - 17:00 on +33 800 970 033 – Free call & service. 

Paris Respire

For additional streets closures see the traffic and closure on the Paris website.


For further information you can call here: 08 11 00 06 69
Rhone government public site
Press dossier Rhône air quality

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