The Crit’Air vignette has been introduced in Lyon

The prefect of the department Rhône has decided in an order dated 1212.2016 to introduce the Crit’Air vignette in Lyon and in the neighbor town of Villeurbanne. The vignette is combined with the system of alternate traffic circulation, which prohibits the circulation for even or odd registration plate numbers every second day in case of a pollution peak.

The Crit’Air vignettes electro, 1, 2 and 3 will not be concerned by the alternate traffic circulation, independently of the number of their registration plate, even or odd.
However, after 4 consecutive days of pollution peak, the vehicles bearing the Crit’Air vignette 3, the orange ones, will also be concerned by the system of alternate traffic circulation.

This measure will enter into force as soon as the rate of 50µg/m3 of fine particulates in the air will be reached, instead of the     limit of 80µg/m3, which means already a few days before the alarm peak is reached.
Generally, all the vehicles will have to bear a Crit’Air vignette in order the facilitate the controls. Besides, the rates of air pollutants in the atmosphere are very variable and poorly predicable in a long term.

Like in Grenoble, Lyon introduces then a “sporadic” environmental zone, in which the vignette will be mandatory for all vehicles in case of a persistent pollution peak.

Every infringe against this measure will be punished with a contravention of the 2nd class, which means by a financial fine of 35 Euros, according to the articles L.325-1 to L.325-3 and R. 411-19 of the French traffic regulation code.
You will find the prefectural order n° 69-2016-12-12-002 relating to traffic restrictions in case of a pollution peak in the conurbation of Lyon on the following link.

Picture: Envirinmental zone Lyon