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 environmental 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, the city of 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.

The Crit'Air Vignette having been introduced in France since 1st July 2016 is broken down into 6 different categories/colours. The Crit'Air is stands for all vehicle types in all French environmental zones. Old vehicles of all kinds cannot obtain the Vignette and have no permission to drive during the day ...
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News about the Crit'Air, the environmental zones and air pollution

The French ZCR and ZPA environmental zones

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From July 1, 2016, so-called ZCR and ZPA environmental zones have been introduced in cities and municipalities across France. These measures are based on the Décret Crit’Air of June 29, 2016, and on the traffic law.

The environmental zones introduced in France can be divided in two types: those zones where traffic is restricted and those where the goal is air protection. The zones where traffic is restricted are called “traffic restriction zones” (ZCR, French acronym). The zones where the priority is air protection are called “air protection zones” (ZPA, French acronym).

The ZCR environmental zones

The introduction of a ZCR in France is the responsibility of every city or municipality and is regulated by the national Décret YCR 2016-847 of June 28, 2016. After a 6-month period of hearings, which allows affected citizens to voice their concerns and take part in the decision-making process, the zone becomes binding. In order to drive in the cities and municipalities of France that have introduced an environmental zone ZCR, it is necessary to have a Crit’Air vignette, which consists of 6 different categories. More information and details about traffic norms can be found here.

ZPA air protection zones
In contrast to the ZCR zones, the “air protection zones”— “Zones de protection de l’air” (ZPA) in French— are no permanent and only affect municipalities and big cities (“metropoles”, in French). ZPA zones are established for large cities (e.g., Grenoble) or for whole geographical areas (e.g., the Arve Valley).
These zones are only valid in case of an air pollution peak. This means that traffic restrictions will only be valid when established limits for fine particulates and nitrogen oxides are exceeded during several days. Depending on the level of pollution, it will be determined what vignette color can drive on what days through the zone. Norms can vary from ZPA zone to ZPA zone and from city to city. As soon as the weather improves, restrictions in the air protection zone will not be valid anymore. More information and details about traffic norms can be found here.

Air pollution
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