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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:

Foreigners can buy their stickers here.

Look for more information under 'National Scheme' on this page.

During certain times vehicles over 7.5 tonnes are not allowed to drive into Paris, see below for details.

Certain streets are also closed to traffic, see Paris LEZ page.

HGV > 7.5 tonnes

Access regulation

Paris map
key: black line is outer boundary of Paris

Yes, are affected.

Driving into Paris:
Monday 06:00 – 10:00
Saturday 22:00 – 24:00
Sunday 00:00 – 24:00
days before public holidays 22:00 – 24:00
Public holidays 00:00 – 24:00
days after public holidays 06:00 – 10:00

Driving out of Paris:
Friday 16:00 – 21:00
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00; 22:00 – 24:00
Sunday 00:00 – 24:00
Days before public holidays 16:00 – 24:00
Public holidays 00:00 – 24:00



Vehicles transporting the following goods have permanent exemption that need no special authorisation:

• livestock, perishable products and foods
• beet pulps, during the beet campaign period
• agricultural products, during the harvest period
• newspapers
• industrial gamma radiography equipment
• trucked air freight
• fireworks
• LPG and CNG (gaseous hydrocarbons in a liquefied mixture or petroleum products) destined for the holding of properly authorised sports competitions
• medical gases, hospital waste, linen and goods necessary for the functioning of public or private healthcare establishments
• transportation linked to the assembly and dismantling of installations used for economic, sporting, cultural, educational or political events
• Booths on markets.

Exceptional short-term exemptions can be issued by the Paris authorities. Contact them through here

• dealing with the consequences, including economic consequences, of a crisis, such as a natural disaster, or exceptional natural or climate-related events or phenomena, such as drought, flooding, snowfalls
• preventing a risk linked to a serious accident or disaster likely to pose a risk to life or to the integrity of persons, property or the environment

Individual short term exemptions:

• An essential and urgent transport because of an unforeseen event such as the breakdown of an electricity supply network, a hospital heating system or a fractured water pipe
• waste transport for the removal of waste from tips and slaughterhouses;
• transport of dangerous goods intended for loading or from emergency unloading in maritime ports
• procurement of fuel to motorway service stations and of aircraft fuel to airports by tankers
• supplying a distribution centre threatened with shortages

Individual long term exemptions:

• vehicles transporting goods necessary for the continuous operation of certain services or production units
• vehicles destined to help perform public services or emergency services in response to immediate collective needs
• vehicles supplying clean linen and evacuating dirty linen to/from hotel complexes with a cumulative capacity of 1,000 bedrooms and over

ZCR (zone à circulation restreinte)/ Les restrictions de circulation

Transport website
Leaflet in English about the restrictions

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