The Crit’Air sticker is mandatory from 1st July 2017 on if you want to drive during a pollution event or in a resticted area (low emission zone).
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.
Foreigners can buy their stickers here.

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.

Alternative transport options
Travel planner

Type of restriction
Access regulation

Scheme Boundary
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
Episodes de pollution

Further Information
Official documents
Mesures in case of pollution

City website
Paris information on high pollution events
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