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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:



Dates and details

 

At times of high pollution
Pollution alarms were: 7th December 2016, 23rd January 2017.
Please also check for current alarms on our news page, where we post up to date information.


The odd and even number plate traffic plan comes into place when the NO2 level exceeds 400µg/m³ on three or more consecutive days.
The two different alarm levels are:

Alarm level D2: the limit of NO2 400µg/m³ on three consecutive days: all vehicles with Crit’Air sticker 0, 1, 2 and 3 no matter, if they have a odd or even number plate, can circulate. Vehicles with Crit’Air sticker 4, 5 and 6 have to stick to the alternating scheme.

Alarm level D3: the limit of NO2 400µg/m³ on five consecutive days: all vehicles with Crit’Aitr sticker 0, 1 and 2 no matter, if they have a odd or even number plate, can circulate. Vehicles with Crit’Air sticker 3, 4, 5 and 6 have to stick to the alternating scheme.

 

  • 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 and emergency low emission zone

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 scheme covers Lyon and Villeurbanne
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 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 affected?

Foreign vehicles are also affected and need to display an emission sticker from 1 April 2017 on. 
Foreigners can buy their stickers here.



Retrofitting allowed?
not allowed

Hours of operation
During episodes of high pollution.

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€!

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.

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 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

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

-

-

-

-

-

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


Local name for the scheme
Circulation Alternée

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

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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