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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:


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


All vehicles.

Low Emission Zone

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

    Road Sign
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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".


During prolonged pollution events for PM or NO2.
For example on the 30 December, and from the 6th to the 10th December 2016.

Foreign vehicles are affected.

not allowed

    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

- 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



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