Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Chambéry ZPA - France
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 16-05-2018
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.
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Vehicles without a badge and vehicles with insufficient badge class, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution peak. The badge classes 4 and 5 may be affected by the driving ban. In case of air quality deterioration, the prefect could impose driving bans on other badge classes.
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable
Fines: 68-450 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The ZPA zone of Chambéry is located right in the city centre. With a length of 950 m and a width of 700 m, it is relatively small.
The area is bordered by the following main traffic arteries: to the north by Quai du Jeu de Paume, Avenue des Ducs de Savoie and Quai Sénateur Antoine Borrel, to the east by Rue Jules Ferry and Rue Plaisance, to the south by Rue André Jacques Michaud, Monge Square, Caffe Square and Avenue de Lyon and to the west by Place Saint-Pierre de Mâche, Fbg Mâché, Avenue des Bernardines, Rue Jean Jaurès and Avenue Pierre Lanfrey.
Special features: A concrete order for the ZPA zone of Chambéry will only be published by the prefect in case of an air pollution peak.
The city of Chambéry has already officially notified the purchase of the Crit’Air badge in a press release of 05.12.2017 and recommends car drivers to apply for a badge for their vehicle.
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
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What is a ZPA zone?
ZPA zones ("zones de protection de l'air") do not apply permanently, but are only active during bad weather and high air pollution. They can cover the areas of entire large municipalities (known as "metropolitan areas" in French) or a specific geographical area. The outlines of each air protection zone are therefore precisely defined in advance.
Since ZPA zones are only valid in the event of a peak in air pollution, the traffic restrictions laid down in a decree only apply if predefined air pollution limits are exceeded. In this case, certain vignette colours are excluded from traffic in order to reduce pollutant emissions. For each air protection zone, recommendations have been drawn up in advance as to which vignette colours should be excluded in the event of severe air pollution. However, in the specific case of air pollution this is always decided by the prefect of the department first.
The mostly large ZPA air protection zones within a department are usually not signposted. In the 95 departments of continental France, it is therefore almost impossible for non-residents to see the exact extent of a ZPA air protection zone. In accordance with article R411-19 of the French Road Code, the decision to create an air protection zone and to define the local rules applicable there falls to the prefect of each department. Once the ZPA zone has been decided, it is legally published in a décret issued by the prefect.
The traffic restrictions decided in a CPA do not come into force on the same day as they are announced. They are usually announced in the afternoon or evening for the following day. The driving bans then apply throughout the ZPA. In case there is an urban ZCR zone within the ZPA zone, its rules are overridden during an air pollution peak. Only after the end of the air pollution peak will the permanent traffic restrictions for vignette categories apply again within the ZCR zone.
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Are there other low emission zones in France?
Yes, a lot of them. France has over 30 different environmental zones. These differ in ZFE (permanent), ZPA (temporary) and ZPAd (temporary département) zones.
In our Green Zones App we have gathered together all the low emission zones in Europe and presented them clearly.
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