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Introduction
The authorities have stated that they wish to remove diesel vehicles from Paris by 2025.

A low emission zone started in Paris on 1st July 2015. From 15th January 2017 the LEZ will be enforced and a fine will be send for not complying.
Foreigners can buy their stickers here.
There is also an Access Regulation in place in Paris and an Emergency Air Quality Scheme when there is very high air pollution.

Paris started a monthly carfree day on the 18th May 2016. The second carfree day will take place 25th September 2016.
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

Phase 1

From 1 January 2017

Monday to Friday 08:00 - 20:00:

All vehicles need at least Crit'Air sticker 5!

  • Diesel cars must be first registered after 1 January 1997 (usually Euro 2) - Crit'Air sticker 5
  • Petrol cars must be first registered after 1 January 1997 (usually Euro 2 and 3) - Crit'Air sticker 3
  • Diesel light duty vans must be first registered after 1 October 1997 (usually Euro 2) - Crit'Air sticker 5
  • Petrol light duty vans must be first registered after 1 October 1997 (usually Euro 2 and 3) - Crit'Air sticker 3
  • Motorcycles must be first registered after 1 June 2000 (usually Euro 2) - Crit'Air sticker 4

Heavy duty vehicles are affected daily 08:00 - 20:00:

  • Diesel Heavy duty vehicles must be registered after 30 September 2001 (usually Euro 3) - Crit'Air sticker 5
  • Diesel Heavy duty vehicles must be registered after 30 September 2001 (usually Euro 3) - Crit'Air sticker 3

 

Phase 2 

From 1 July 2017

Monday to Friday 08:00 - 20:00:

All vehicles need at least Crit'Air sticker 4!

  • Diesel cars must be first registered after 1 January 2001 (usually Euro 3) - Crit'Air sticker 4
  • Petrol cars must be first registered after 1 January 1997 (usually Euro 2 and 3) - Crit'Air sticker 3
  • Diesel light duty vans running on diesel must be first registered after 1 January 2001 (usually Euro 3) - Crit'Air sticker 4
  • Petrol light duty vans running on diesel must be first registered after 1 October 1997 (usually Euro 2 and 3) - Crit'Air sticker 3
  • Motorcycles must be first registered after 1 June 2000 (usually Euro 2) - Crit'Air sticker 4

Heavy duty vehicles are affected daily 08:00 - 20:00:

  • Diesel heavy duty vehicles must be registered after 30 September 2006 (usually Euro 4) - Crit'Air sticker 4
  • Petrol heavy duty vehicles must be registered after 30 September 2001 (usually Euro 4) - Crit'Air sticker 3

 

Between 2018 and 2020

Euro standards will be gradually tightened.
Paris will also undertake investigations / experiments into limited traffic zones and ultra-low emission routes in parts of Paris from 2016.



Vehicles affected
All vehicles.

Type of restriction
Low Emission Zone

Alternative transport
Travel planner

Scheme Boundary
The whole of Paris authority inside the orbital road (often known as the Boulevard périphérique). The map of the Paris LEZ are is below.
Paris low emission zone area map:
Map author: Gregory Deryckère, Source of Paris LEZ and Peripherique map

On carfree day Sundays, in a small part of the city centre:
Paris carfree map

Road Sign
France Paris Loe emission zone LEZ street sign

Need to Register?

There are stickers called "air quality certificates" (Certificats qualité de I’air) which are mandatory for French vehicles and foreign vehicles.

For vehicles registered in France, the French LEZ stickers can be bought here.

Foreigners can buy their stickers here.


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
From 1 July 2015 the LEZ is in operation for heavy duty vehicles from 08:00 to 20:00.
From 1 July 2016 light duty vehicles are affected Monday - Friday (08:00 to 20:00); for heavy duty vehicles the LEZ is in operation every day (08:00 to 20:00).

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.

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 green

 

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

 

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

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

Petrol

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

 

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

 

Petrol

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

French Crit'Air sticker orange

Euro 2

1July 2004 to 31 December 2006

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

Petrol

Euro 2 and 3

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2005

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

Euro 3

1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005

 

 

 

-

Euro 4

From 1 October 2006 to 31 December 2009

 

 

 

-

French Crit'Air sticker grey

 

 

 

-

Euro 2

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000

 

 

 

-

Euro 3

From 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2006

 

 

 

-

 



Exemptions

The exemptions for the LEZ apply to vehicles:

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