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Environmental zone Isère/Grenoble ZPAd - 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 21-07-2018.

There is no warning.

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 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.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

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 currently 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.
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.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

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.
No restrictions. You are 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 currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

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 currently 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.
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.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

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 currently 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 currently allowed to drive.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

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.
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 currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still 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 currently allowed to drive.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

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

The ZPAd air protection zone of Isère / Grenoble

On 02.01.2018, an order was signed by the Prefect of the Department of Isère, which contains a set of measures that can be applied in case of air pollution peaks. They also include traffic restrictions based on the Crit’Air badge. The order became effective when signed. The new air protection zone complements the already existing air protection zones around the city of Grenoble, which is located in the area of Isère. Therefore, traffic restrictions are extended to a wider area.
However, the peculiarity lies in the fact that, in the event of an air pollution peak, only the city or municipality within the department is named, in which the weather-dependent zone comes into force. ZPAd (zone de protection de l'air départementale) is no local or regional air protection zone with clearly defined limits (ZPA), but it applies to a whole department where driving restrictions can be temporarily imposed. This requires a separate individual order from the prefect or the local police. As a result, there can only be locally changing traffic restrictions within the ZPAd Isère, to which car owners must adapt.

Isère is one of 12 departments (Department no. 38) in the Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes region and has about 1,251,000 inhabitants on approximately 7,430 km². Grenoble with its 161,000 inhabitants on an area of 18 km² is the district town of Isère, where the prefect has its seat.

According to the regional institution for air quality “ATMO Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes”, there are regular air pollution peaks in the Department of Isère, mostly in the winter. Therefore, in accordance with the prefectural order n°38-2018-01-02-004, a temporary environmental zone has now been introduced, which becomes mandatory for all vehicles in case of persistent air pollution.

Any violation of the badge requirement or traffic restrictions will be punished with a fine from 68 up to 375 euros; if paying directly on site a little less. These fines are based on the articles L.325-1 to L.325-3 and R.411-19 of the French Road Traffic Code.

In case of an air pollution peak, the Prefecture provides a set of measures in several stages. After a pre-warning, the first pollution alarm („niveau d’alerte N1“) is activated. This happens if, based on the daily or hourly measurement of the responsible institution for air quality, the emission level of 50/80 μg / m³ for particulate matter or 180/240 μg / m³ for ozone or 300/500 μg / m³ for sulphur dioxide or 200/400 μg / m³ for nitrogen dioxide has been exceeded.
As a result, the road speed within the ZPAd environmental zone has to be reduced by 20 km/h.
If, after two days, one of the abovementioned pollutant values still exceeds the indicated values, then the second pollution alarm („niveau d’alerte N2“) is activated with driving restrictions, in which only vehicles equipped with the Crit’Air badge classes E, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are allowed to drive during the two days of the alarm.
If the second stage of alarm lasts more than two days, a traffic restriction for all vehicles equipped with a Crit’Air badge classes 4 and 5 will follow.

After the first two stages, the Prefect can also declare a third stage of alarm, which is an aggravation of the second stage (the official definition is „niveau N2 aggravé“). In this third stage, the Prefect can also ban more Crit‘Air badge classes from traffic.

Special rules for pollution levels
In the third stage („niveau N2 aggravé“), the Prefect, in accordance with his order, may ban an unknown number of Crit‘Air badge classes from traffic in a defined area of his department. In this regard, there is no certainty which Crit’Air badge class is allowed to drive in case of an air pollution peak. However, the Crit‘Air badge classes E, 1 and 2 are not likely to be affected by traffic restrictions.

The borders of the environmental zone of Isère

Generally, the border of a ZPAd zone in France is set in the order of the respective Prefect.
The Isère is divided into three geographical areas called “Aerial Basins”: The basin of Lyon and North Isère, the basin of Grenoble and the Alpine basin of Isère. While traffic restrictions within the basin of Lyon and North Isère as well as in the Alpine basin of Isère can be applied everywhere, driving restrictions within the basin of Grenoble, according to the order, are limited to the air protection zone ZPA of Grenoble.

Table overview of the environmental zone

Name of the environmental zone:
Environmental zone Isère/Grenoble ZPAd - France
Date of announcement of the zone:
02-01-2018
Date of entry into effect of the zone:
04-01-2018
Type of environmental zone:
Zone of air protection, depending on weather conditions and activated after an early warning stage, if the pollutant values exceed, for example, > 50 µg/m³ for particulate matter and following the Prefect´s decision.
Current obligation to drive with a badge:
Cyclomotor/Motorcyle (L1e), Tricycles (L2e), Motorcycle (L3e), Motorcycles with sidecars (L4e), Fast tricycle (L5e), Light four-wheeled vehicle (L6e), Four wheeled vehicle (L7e), Car (M1), Heavy motor home (M1), Motor home (M1), Minibus (M2), Coach (M3), Van (N1), Light truck (N2), Delivery truck (N2) and Heavy truck (N3) Depending on the duration and intensity of the air pollution peak.
Badge classes allowed after 02-01-2018:
Class E, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5 and Class 0 (cleanest classes = E and 1).
Future restrictions planned for badge classes:
Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (temporarily):
Vehicles without a Crit´Air badge and vehicles with insufficient Crit´Air badge class, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution. By decision of the Prefect, at least the badge classes 4 and 5 may be banned from traffic.
Not allowed to drive (permanently):
Information currently unavailable
Fines:
68-375 Euro.
Area/extension of the environmental zone:
The zone covers theoretically the entire Department of Isère. Within the basin of Grenoble, however, the borders of the existing ZPA Zone of Grenoble will apply. In addition, during each air pollution peak, the actual extension of the activated zone is redefined and notified in an individual order, which announces the entry into force of the zone. The highways A41, A43, A48, A49 and A51 within the Department of Isère may be affected.
Special features:
Depending on the type, duration and level of air pollution, the borders of one or more zones within an entire department change. Not only the Crit´Air badge classes 4 and 5 may be banned from traffic.
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions:
Information currently unavailable
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