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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:

  • Full-time Low Emission Zones in: Paris, Grenoble
  • Emergency Low Emission Zones in: Paris emergency LEZGrenoble emergency LEZLyon emergency LEZLille - emergency LEZ
  • At the earliest in autumn 2017 a Low Emission Zone will follow for Lille and Strasbourg, as well as an emergency low emission zone for Strasbourg.  

  • Foreigners can buy their stickers here.
    Look for more information under 'National Scheme' on this page.The Paris 'emergency low emission zone' replaces the 'odd-even number plate scheme' that was previously in operation.
    There is also an Access Regulation in Paris.

    Dates and details

    There are two levels of the scheme:

    • information-recommendation 
    • alert

    If the information-recommendation level is predicted to last more than 2 days, it turns to an alert level.

    Information-recommendation 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.

    Alert level:

    • Communication from the Prefecture de Police (PP), before 7pm the night before the alert is in operation
    • Specific restrictions for industry and heating
    • Traffic :
      • A low emission zone inside the motorway A86, according to Crit'air classification, with tighter emissions standards than the permanent low emission zone. A Crit'Air sticker is needed, but which one is to be announced during the alert itself.
      • 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 2017: vehicles must have at least a Crit'air sticker number 4, from 5.30am to midnight.
    Previous emergency schemes were on: Friday 21st January - Monday 23rd January 2017



    Vehicles affected
    All vehicles.

    Typ of restriction
    Low Emission Zone

    Alternative transport
    Travel planner

    Scheme Boundary
    The whole area within the A86 motorway. The A86 is the Paris outer ring road, also called the 'super-périphérique'

    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 affected.

    Retrofitting allowed?
    not allowed

    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.

    Enforcement
    Manual by police

    Penalty
    The penalty is 68 € for light vehicles and powered three wheelers and 135 € for heavy duty vehicles (more than 3.5t).

    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

    - 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
    Episodes de pollution

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

    City website
    Paris information on high pollution events
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