Since 2016 - French Vignette Crit'Air
In France, there are currently 32 environmental zones in cities, regions and departments, some of which cover large areas and where permanent and temporary traffic restrictions apply.
The Crit'Air vignette is available in 6 categories: Eco, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Eco-Vignette is assigned to the cleanest vehicles, while the Crit'Air 5 vignette is for older diesel engines.
Each city, municipality and department in France can set different traffic restriction rules by applying the Crit'Air vignette system in 6 categories on its territory. This means that in some zones the badge is not required, while in other zones, the Crit'Air 5 or even the Crit’Air 4 are prohibited. In large cities, such as Paris, every 12 or 24 months, additional badge classes are planned to be banned from traffic. In the Greater Paris metropolitan area, only badges up to the Crit'Air 4 are currently authorised and from 2024 onwards, only Crit'Air 1 and badges for electric vehicles (E-Vignette) will be authorised.
The rules, restrictions and exceptions in France apply to all types of vehicles, including light vehicles, such as mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles, quads, etc. In addition, cities and municipalities have very different regulations in terms of traffic restrictions regarding days and times, as well as exceptions. There are also exceptions in some areas for vintage cars and campers.
Environmental zones in France are controlled by the police and traffic wardens. They scan the QR code of the badge affixed and can thus determine a possible infringement and impose a fine of 68-375 euros if the badge is missing. From 2021, an additional video surveillance system will be installed in France, starting with Paris (Grand Paris).
Crit'Air badge - unlike a road toll vignette - only needs to be ordered once. It is valid as long as the vehicle's license plate remains the same.
Zoomable maps of all environmental zones with their boundaries as well as detailed information on the different vehicle types, EURO classes, weekdays, times, special rules and exceptions are available on www.crit-air.fr or www.Green-Zones-App.eu