France has introduced the Crit'Air Vignette!
After Paris, the Crit’Air vignette is now mandatory in the region Grenoble/Lyon – financial penalties begins 15.1.17
Environmental zones in France - Holidaymakers risk financial charges!
France introduced environmental zones and the Crit'Air Vignette on 1st July 2016.
Task of the Crit'Air Vignette newly introduced on 1st July 2016 is the differentiation of old, polluting vehicles and new environmentally friendly vehicles. The differentiation is supposed to be taken in 6 categories. Aim of this introduction is to avoid step by step the entrance of worse Crit'Air categories into the environmental zones.
Together with the introduction of the Crit'Air Vignette, so-called areas with restricted traffic “Zones à Circulation Restreinte /ZCR“ as well as “air protection areas” (such as Grenoble) will be established in France.. Only vehicles being equipped with a Crit'Air Vignette are allowed to enter into this ZCR area.
The new French vignette Crit’Air has been first introduced in Paris on 1st July 2016 und then in the conurbation of Grenoble on 1st November 2016
The environmental zone of Paris stands for the entire French capital. Its city area is defined by the area inside the motorway ring “Boulevard périphérique”. Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are no ZCR zones although these forests belong to the city area of Paris.Already since July 2015 old trucks and buses no longer have a permission to enter into the environmental zone of Paris. Old passenger cars are obliged to avoid the environmental zone since 1st July 2016.
In the conurbation of Grenoble / Lyon is the situation quite different, since the „air protection area“ introduced there on 1st November and 12th December 2016 has different rules.