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 France, more and more permanent (ZCR) and weather-depending (ZPA) environmental zones are introduced – After 10 existing zones, now 4 further 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.

The city of Paris has already started to ban the Crit’Air badge 5 from traffic. Strasbourg and Grenoble follow in the near future. Moreover, in 2018, new environmental zones will be introduced, e.g. in the cities of Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse and Annecy.

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.

The aggravated environmental zone ZCR (Zones à Circulation Restreinte) which came into force on 1st July 2016 do not only prohibit older vehicles from access to the zone between 8 am and 8 pm but also demands all other vehicles the categorization by a Crit'Air Vignette ...
Since 27.11.2017, the metropolis of Toulouse introduced a temporary ZPA environmental zone. Vehicles entering the environmental zone require a Crit’Air badge as circulation restrictions can be pronounced on the third day of a pollution peak, the absence of a badge then leads to penalties up to 365 euros ...
Since 01.11.2017 a temporary ZPA environmental zone has been introduced in Strasbourg. Vehicle owners need a Crit'Air badge to enter the environmental zone, as temporary driving bans can be imposed at any time and entail potential fines ...
In September 2017, the entire department of Gers with Auch as its prefecture, announced the settlement of an air protection zone. In case of air pollution peak, the prefect can decide to make the Crit’Air badge mandatory and exclude one or several types of vehicles from the traffic, depending on their Crit’Air category ...
In October 2017, the entire department of Savoie with Chambéry as its prefecture, settled an air protection zone. During an air pollution peak, the prefect is allowed to make the Crit’Air badge mandatory, and to ban from traffic all vehicles with a Crit’Air 5 or even more vehicle classes ...
In October 2017, the entire department of Haute-Savoie with Annecy as its prefecture, announced the settlement of an air protection zone. In case of air pollution peak, the prefect is now able to make the Crit’Air badge mandatory and exclude the Crit’Air categories 4 and 5 from traffic ...
In November 2017, the entire department of Maine-et-Loire with Angers as its prefecture, settled an air protection zone. During an air pollution peak, the prefect can set up a traffic restriction regarding the even or odd registration number of vehicles, make the Crit’Air badge mandatory or even exclude some vehicles from the traffic regarding their Crit’Air category ...
In October 2017, the entire department of Vendée with La Roche-sur-Yon as its prefecture, announced the settlement of an air protection zone. In case of air pollution peak, the prefect can decide to make the Crit’Air badge mandatory and exclude one or several types of vehicles from the traffic, depending on their Crit’Air category  ...

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.

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 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 ...
Various versions and file sizes of pictures from the Crit'Air Vignette and its appropriate traffic signs of the French environmental zone are ready for download here ...
Questions may occur when ordering a Crit'Air Vignette for a vehicle being registered in France. You can get the answers here.  ...
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