Environmental zone Arve-Valley - France

Fine particles, nitrogen oxide and ozone have an influence on the validity of the vignettes.
You can inform yourself here about the current and future validity status of the vignettes.

Validity of the badges today, the 20-11-2017.

There is no alert today.

Cyclomotor/Motorcyle

A cyclomotor/motorcycle counts as type L1e when it has 2 wheels and maximum default speed <= 45 km/h

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Tricycles

A tricylce counts as type L2e when it has 3 wheels and maximum default speed <= 45 km/h and cylinder capacity <= 50cm³.

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Four wheeled vehicles

A four-wheeled vehicle counts as type L7e when its total allowed mass > 350 kg and <= 400 kg or <= 550 kg for transportation of goods.

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Light four-wheeled vehicles

A light four-wheeled vehicle counts as type L6e when its total allowed mass <=350 kg.

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Fast tricycles

A fast tricycle counts as type L5e when it has 3 wheels and maximum default speed > 455 km/h and cylinder capacity > 50cm³.

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Motorcycles with sidecars

A motorcyle with sidecar counts as type L4e when it has two wheels, sidecar and maximum default speed > 45 km/h.

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Motorcycles

A motorcycle counts as type L3e when it has 2 wheels and maximum default speed > 45 km/h.

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.

The ZPA environmental zone Arve valley

On February 23, 2017, the prefect of the department Haute-Savoie (Annecy) announced that the Arve valley would be turned into an area of air protection ZPA. This will severely affect trucks driving in the French Alps, between Geneva, Chamonix and eventually Italy. Trucks are responsible for most of the air pollution in the sensitive area of the Arve river’s valley. 
It is expected for the prefect to publish a decree, making this measure for the protection of air quality legally binding.
The highway A40, which goes along the Arve valley, is the most travelled road between northern Europe and Italy. This highway leads to the Mont Blanc tunnel, which is crossed by 5,000 trucks every day. The geographical location of the Arve valley, which lies deep between two high mountain tops, contributes to the lack of wind, which in turn causes the fine dust to stay longer than usual in the valley’s air.

Traffic restrictions are dependent on air pollution

For the moment, traffic restrictions shall only affect trucks over 7,5 tons and corresponding to the Euro Norm 0 until 3. In case of air pollution peak (>80 µg/m³), these vehicles will not be allowed to drive through the valley. Vehicles with a Crit’Air vignette 5 will be excluded from traffic in any case. Those with a vignette 4 will only be excluded in some cases, depending on fuel type.
According to the authorities, private vehicles are not affected by this regulation. Nonetheless, the Crit’Air vignette will be made mandatory to drive through the valley in order to allow a change at any chosen time. This will allow to restrict all traffic, including cars and motorcycles, in case of a peak of air pollution.

Table overview of the environmental zone

Name of the environmental zone: ZPA Arve-Valley

Date of announcement of the zone: 23.02.2017

Date of entry into effect of the zone: Soon

Type of environmental zone: Zone of air protection, depends on the weather situation and is activated on the 5th day of an air pollution peak (> 80 µg/m³ fine dust particles) after the warning alarm level is over (> 50 µg/m³ fine dust particles).

Current obligation to drive with a badge: For trucks >7,5 tons as of the 5th day of an air pollution peak.

Badge classes to be allowed as of soon: E, 1, 2. Classes 3, 4 and 5, depending on the level and the duration of the air pollution peak (cleanest class = E and 1).

Future restrictions planned for badge classes: The badge obligation is under discussion for trucks <7,5 tons and buses, light utility vehicles and light vehicles of two, three and four wheels.

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Trucks >7,5 tons with Euro Norm 0, 1, 2, 3 and without a sufficiently high class of Crit’Air vignette, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution peak.

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable.

Fines: From 35 to 375 euros.

Area/ extension of the environmental zone: The ZPA environmental zone of the Valley of the Arve River entails 41 cities and municipalities along the 80 km of the Arve river, between the town of Contamine-sur-Arve in the triangular crossing A40/A410 and the source of the Arve behind the small town of Argentière (Le Tour). This affects the traffic between the triangular crossing A40/A410 until La Fayet, as well as on national road N205 until its derivation to the Mont Blanc tunnel and on the N1506 toward Chamonix and Argentière.

Special features: The possibility to extend the zone to the N205/E25 from Les Pelerins until the Mont Blanc tunnel. This would affect all traffic from and toward Italy.

Order here a French Crit'Air Vignette for French ZCR/ZPA zones

 

 

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The area of air protection zone of the Arve valley and the Mont Blanc tunnel

This measure will affect the 41 cities and municipalities of the 2012 air protection plan of the Arve valley, which are located along the 80 km of the course of the river, between the municipality of Contamine-sur-Arve at the crossing of the A40 and the A410 and the Arve source behind the town of Argentière (municipality of Le Tour).
The traffic affected by this environmental zone will thus be restricted between the crossing of the A40 and A419 on the A40 until Le Fayet, as well as further on the N205 until the bifurcation to the Mont Blanc tunnel, and on the N1506 to Chamonix and Argentière.

The A40 exit from Geneva, in addition, is the main route to the Mont Blanc tunnel, which is crossed by vehicles driving to Turin and Milan through Le Fayet and the national road N205.
In this context, it is of particular importance that the French minister for the environment, Ségolène Royale, has started a dialogue with the Italian government aimed at declaring the whole French side of the N205—so from Arve of Les Pelerins until the Mont Blanc tunnel—as an environmental zone. In this case, all traffic to and from Italy will be affected. An alternative route will thus not be available any longer.

You can find a list of all the affected municipalities for every case here.