Environmental zone Geneva - Switzerland
Geneva in Switzerland is both a commune and the capital of the canton, which lies at the south-western end of Switzerland (French-speaking Switzerland) on Lake Geneva. Geneva has over 200,000 inhabitants on 15.9 km² and is located in the metropolitan region of Geneva-Lausanne, which has 1.2 million inhabitants.
In addition to New York City, Geneva is home to the largest number of UN organizations and 175 states have diplomatic representation in the city.
Geneva is divided into 4 districts: Cité, Plainpalais, Eaux-Vives and Petit-Saconnex. All districts together are divided into 16 individual quarters.
The canton of Geneva has drawn up a new emergency plan for air pollution peaks, which also includes driving bans. The Geneva low emission zone will come into force on 15.01.2020 and is a temporary low emission zone that places very high demands on air quality. However, a transitional period is granted until 31 March 2020.
Activating the temporary environmental zone means that driving bans can come into force if high levels of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and ozone are predicted or have occurred.
In such a case, only vehicles with the Stick'Air vignette ("Macaron") issued by the Canton of Geneva at cost price, which is available in 6 different versions and which is very similar to the French Crit'Air vignette, which is also recognised in Geneva, may drive. The area includes the city of Geneva and part of the surrounding municipalities of Carouge, Cologny, Lancy and Vernier.
As in France, during a peak of air pollution and as air quality deteriorates, other Stick'Air vignette classes are banned by the city authorities, so that only very clean vehicles can enter the city. If the increased driving bans are activated, public transport throughout the canton will be free of charge.
Further information can be obtained by clicking on the map on the left. Please refer to the table below to find out which driving restrictions apply to which types of vehicle at which times of the day and week in the environmental zone or use or Green-Zones app.
Table overview of the environmental zone
Further information in French: air.ge.ch