France has introduced the Crit'Air Vignette!
Already more than 15 environmental zones in France - High penalities in case of a missing Crit'Air badge!
Different types of environmental badges in France generate confusion – commercial transport and tourism are threatened by fees
In 2017, 18 permanent zones (ZCR) and weather-dependent zones (ZPA) have already been established in France. Now, other partly large-scale zones are to follow in the regions.
Since July 2017, vehicles must be equipped with the Crit’Air badge, which is necessary for accessing the constantly increasing French environmental zones. The Crit’Air badge, available in 6 colours, distinguishes older from newer vehicles and it shall also gradually exclude EURO emission standards 0 to 5 from cities such as Paris, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Lyon etc.
After the city of Paris had already excluded the Crit´Air badge class 5 from traffic, in 2018, other major cities, such as Strasbourg and Grenoble, will follow in the near future.
In addition, new environmental zones will be set up in 2018, each covering a whole department, and come into force according to the level of air pollution.
These include in particular the departments around the respective cities of Orleans, Chartres, La Roche-sur-Yon, Annecy, Chambery and many others.
The additional ZPA zones (weather-depending environmental zones), which are set up in bigger cities and metropolitan areas, request special attention from the local and European commercial and touristic transport, as the status of these environmental zones – contrary to the permanent ZCR zones – can change within 24 hours and circulation restrictions can be set for Crit’Air badges that are usually authorised to enter the zone.
When these restrictions are ignored, important fines can be imposed or in a worst-case scenario, the vehicle can even be stopped and detained.
With Green-Zones, you get the current and daily status of access rights in the French environmental zones in real time and for the following day here on the website and with our Green-Zones-App on the road.
Here, you can watch the current access rights for the environmental zones: Paris ZCR, Paris ZPA, Grenoble ZCR, Grenoble ZPA, Lille ZPA, Lille ZCR, Straßburg ZCR, Straßburg ZPA, Lyon ZPA, Toulouse ZPA.