There is a pollution emergency scheme in operation during high pollution events. This replaces the odd-even number plate scheme that was previously in operation
There is already a LEZ in permanent operation in Paris and an Access Regulation.
Dates and details
There are two levels of scheme
If the information-recommendation level is predicted to last more than 2 days, it turns to an alert level.
People are asked to reduce their emissions, but no traffic bans. Those with health conditions making them particularly sensitive are recommended to reduce their exposure.
Communication from the Prefecture de Police (PP), before 7pm the night before the alert is in operation
Specific restrictions for industry and heating
A low emission zone inside the motorway A86, according to Crit'air classification, with tighter emissions standards than the permanent low emission zone.
The ordinance does not state the emissions level, so the ban can be tougher if the situation is more severe.
Price reduction for public transport (Regional day ticket: 3.80 € for all day, all zones)
In addition, for Paris :
parking free for Parisians residents (a resident parking permit is needed),
Velib : day package is free
On 23rd January: vehicles must have at least a Crit'air sticker number 4, from 5.30am to midnight.
Alternative transport options
Type of restriction
The whole area within the A86 motorway. The A86 is the Paris outer ring road, also called the 'super-périphérique'
Foreign vehicles affected?
Foreign vehicles are affected.
Hours of operation
During prolonged pollution events for PM or NO2.
For example on the 30 December, and from the 6th to the 10th December 2016.
Manual by police
The penalty is 68 € for light vehicles and powered three wheelers and 135 € for heavy duty vehicles (more than 3.5t).
- Foreign light duty vehicles,
- Tourist Coaches,
- Disabled vehicles of the GIG and GIC, and vehicles for the transport of disabled persons or those of reduced mobility,
- Vehicles carrying at least 3 people,
- Journalists working for their employer
- Vehicles of the emergency services, armed forces, public transport, and various medical personnel,
- Vehicle towing vehicles,
- Taxis and private hire vehicles (eg Uber),
- Driving schools, dustbin lorries, postal vehicles, live vehicle transporters, funeral vehicles, vehicles carrying money, construction vehicles, and a number of other essential public services.
Local name for the scheme
La circulation alternée en cas de pollution
Webpage of the Prefecture of Police with information on the scheme.
Airparif emergency scheme page
Paris city emergency air quality scheme page