The vignette Crit’Air is since 1st of November 2016 mandatory in the conurbation of Grenoble-Metropole

Since 1st November 2016 are new air protection measures in force in the conurbation of Grenoble, consisting in 46 cities and villages with around 450.000 inhabitants, introducing an air protection area similar to the ZCR-Zone (like in Paris). 
The “air protection area” of Grenoble-Metropole is 30 km long and 20 km large, which represents a surface of round 600 km². In this Metropole (large municipality), the new air protection measures affect all public roads, expressways and highways. Violations of the air protection rules in this area will be prosecuted with a financial penalty of the 2nd category, which means of 35 EUROS (in a ZCR-Zone apply penalties of the 3rd category, from 68 EUROS).
The introduction of ZCR-Zones and of the obligation of having a Crit’Air vignette is the responsibility of the municipalities in France and is regulated in the national decree Décret ZCR 2016-847 from 28.06.2016. The introduction of “air protection areas” and the obligation of having a Crit’Air vignette is regulated in the national decree Décret n° 2016-858 du 29 juin 2016.
Since the conurbation Grenoble-Metropole with its “air protection are” is not a municipality in itself, like Paris for example, there will be no ZCR-signs set up.
However, ZCR-signs will be set up in the city of Grenoble, since a ZCR-zone will be introduced there on 1st January 2017. From this date, normal fines between 68 and 375 will be likely imposed in this zone in case of a violation.

The vignette Crit’Air will be also mandatory on the highway around Grenoble

According to an announcement from the city of Grenoble, the vignette Crit’Air will also be mandatory on the highways crossing the conurbation Grenoble-Metropole. The obligation of having the vignette Crit’Air begins northerly from the toll station of Voreppe on the A48, southward from the toll station of Le Crozet/Vif on the A51 and westerly from the toll station of Crolles on the A41. The A480, which crosses the city of Grenoble, is also concerned.

Measures applied in case of exceeded pollutants values in Grenoble-Metropole

After the new air protection measures has come into force in the conurbation of Grenoble (Grenoble-Metropole) from 1st November 2016, the alarm of a pollution peak will be announced on electronic signs, on the local radio and TV as well as in the local press. The alarm will be given on the day before from 15h for the following day. All the pollutants values restrictions in France here:

After five consecutive days of pollution peak, only the vehicles with the Crit’Air categories 1 to 5 will be allowed to drive.
From the 7th day of pollution peak, only the vehicles with the Crit’Air categories 1 to 3 will be allowed to drive. The Crit’Air categories 4 and 5 will not be allowed to drive at all.
Furthermore, the Prefect of the Department can decide to apply the rules planed for the 5th day already on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd day of pollution peak if the values limits of air pollutants are exceeded. That is why conductors should preferably get a vignette Crit’Air in any case to avoid such unplanned circumstances.

Furthermore, from the 2nd day of pollution peak, the traffic speed will be lowered by 20 km/h on country roads, expressways and highways (normal speed limit 90/110/130).
In parallel, the prices of the public transport services will be reduced on these days as well as the prices for the car parks P+R. From the 7th day of pollution peak, public transport will be free in the conurbation of Grenoble.

Air pollution in Grenoble-Metropole

According to statistics from Grenoble-Metropole, an average of 16 days a year of pollution peak has been recorded between 2011 and 2013. The latest study, carried out in 2013, shows that the limit values for the presence of fine particles PM10 in the atmosphere of Grenoble has been exceeded on an average of 45 days a year, especially during winter.

NOx-Values 2011 in the road network Lyon/Grenoble Source: Air Rhône-Alpes

Introduction of a ZCR environmental zone in the city of Grenoble from 1st January 2017

The city of Grenoble announced the introduction of a ZCR environmental zone from 1st January 2017. This ZCR zone (in french “zone à circulation restreinte”) should cover the all city centre. The driving ban associated to this ZCR zone will first concern the light utility vehicles first registered before 30th September 1997, as well as trucks first registered before 30th September 2001. The exact outlines of Grenoble’s ZCR zone have not been communicated yet.

News about the environmental zone Grenoble

22.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

21.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. For the city of Grenoble, the vignettes E to 5 can drive without restrictions.

20.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

19.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday

18.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

17.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. For the city of Grenoble, the vignettes E to 5 can drive without restrictions.

16.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

15.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

14.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

13.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

12.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. For the city of Grenoble, the vignettes E to 5 can drive without restrictions.

11.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

10.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

09.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

08.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. For the city of Grenoble, the vignettes E to 5 can drive without restrictions.

07.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

06.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

05.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

04.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. For the city of Grenoble, the vignettes E to 5 can drive without restrictions.

03.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

02.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

01.02.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

31.01.2017 – From today, the traffic restrictions are no longer applied in Grenoble. This means that all the vehicles are allowed to drive, regardless of the category of Crit’Air vignette they are bearing

30.01.2017 – In Grenoble, the traffic restrictions are maintained today. Vehicles without Crit’Air vignette and vehicles bearing the vignettes 4 and 5 are not allowed to drive in the air protection zone of the metropole of Grenoble today.

29.01.2017 - There are no changes to report for this environmental zone today. The status is the same as yesterday.

28.01.2017 – In Grenoble, the traffic restrictions are maintained today. Vehicles without Crit’Air vignette and vehicles bearing the vignettes 4 and 5 are not allowed to drive in the air protection zone of the metropole of Grenoble today.

27.01.2017 – In Grenoble, the traffic restrictions are maintained today. Vehicles without Crit’Air vignette and vehicles bearing the vignettes 4 and 5 are not allowed to drive in the air protection zone of the metropole of Grenoble today.

26.01.2017 – The traffic restrictions will be stricter in Grenoble today: the vehicles bearing the Crit’Air vignettes 4 and 5 are not allowed to drive in the zone covering the all metropole of Grenoble (including parts of the highways A51, A480 and A48). The weather conditions remain too bad in Grenoble for an amelioration of the air quality. Public transports will be free today in the entire metropole of Grenoble.

24.01.2017 – Because of a new air pollution alarm, the Crit’Air vignette is again mandatory in Grenoble today. The city strikes with its fifth consecutive day of pollution peak. For this reason, the vehicles without Crit’Air vignette are not able to drive within the metropole of Grenoble (Grenoble and its suburb). For now, all the colors of the Crit’Air vignette are allowed to drive. However, this could change in the next days and some colors could be banned from the traffic.