France has introduced the Crit'Air Vignette!
Already 10 environmental zones in France – From 1. Juli penalties for all vehicles types in case of a missing vignette!
Different types of environmental badges in France generate confusion – commercial transport and tourism are threatened by fees
In France, up to 10 large-area environmental zones appeared already, which are permanent as “Zones à circulation restreinte” (ZCR) or conditioned by the weather as “Zones de protection de l’air” (ZPA).
Since 01.07.2017, having the environmental badge Crit’Air in all types of vehicles became mandatory within these zones. The Crit’Air badges assign cars to one of six existing categories. This subdivision distinguishes clean cars from older, polluting cars and shall exclude these from the traffic in a medium term.
For this reason, Paris already excluded vehicles of category 5 from the daily traffic. With this measure, the capital was the first of the 10 French environmental zones which decided to take permanent restrictions. For this reason, only vehicles with badges E, 1, 2, 3 and 4 can enter the environmental zone ZCR during workdays.
Furthermore, the ZCR and ZPA zones which were introduced in the metropolitan regions of Grenoble, Paris, Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg need special attention from local and European commercial trade and touristic transports as they are conditioned by the weather. In fact, zones where several types of badges are usually allowed can rapidly change and circulation restrictions can take effect when the air pollution is high.
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.