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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:


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, through “Paris Respire”.


All vehicles.

Low Emission Zone


The whole of Paris authority inside the orbital road (often known as the Boulevard périphérique). The map of the Paris LEZ are is below.

Click on map for larger picture.
Paris low emission zone area map:
Map author: Gregory Deryckère, Source of Paris LEZ and Peripherique map

 

Traffic-free zones in Paris, “Paris Respire”

Map of 'Paris respire'

Source

Key: White lines and green zones = permanent traffic ban; White zones = part time

Additional streets may be closed at certain times, see the traffic and closure section of the Paris website.

During traffic closures, the areas are only accessible to residents (with proof).

 

On carfree day Sundays, in all of the city centre.

Click on map for larger picture.
Paris carfree map

Source


    Road Sign
France Paris Low emission zone LEZ road sign

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


not allowed

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
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

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

The exemptions for the LEZ apply to vehicles:

  • of public interest as defined by law R. 311-1
  • of the armed forces
  • of civil security
  • of driving schools
  • of removal companies
  • of authorized market suppliers
  • transporting frozen goods and fuelling vehicle
  • specialized vehicles not used for the carriage of goods as defined in Annex 5 of the decree of February 9, 2009, except motor homes
  • such as authorized exceptional convoys
  • vehicles that have collectible marked on their registration
  • that are over 30 years of age, used as part of a commercial activity for tourism with a sticker of authorisation behind the windscreen
  • vehicles with a parking card for people with disabilities

ZCR (zone à circulation restreinte)


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