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Low emission zone Loire/Saint-Étienne

Important!

Loire/Saint-Étienne has an environmental zone: Loire/Saint-Étienne ZPAd

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Loire/Saint-Étienne ZPAd - Frankreich

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 27-09-2019

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.

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable

Fines: 68-450 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The ZPAd zone covers theoretically the entire Department . In case of pollution peak, a press release issued by the prefect will define the exact borders of the activated zone and announce the entry into force of the area. Possible affected highways in the department are the A47, A72, A89.

Special features: Depending on the type, duration and level of air pollution, the borders of one or several zones within the department change. The prefect can decide to ban several badge classes from traffic.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Plakettenpflicht/Registrierungspflicht: Ja

Environmental zone ZPAd

Do I need stickers or registrations?

If there is a peak in air pollution and the ZPAd zone is activated, each affected vehicle requires a valid French environmental sticker (Certificat qualité de l'Air) to enter the low emission zone. Otherwise, a fine of between 68 euros and 375 euros is to be expected.


You can find out whether a ZPAd zone is active and which vignette is affected by the driving ban in our Green-Zones App.

ZPAd ("zone de protection de l'air départementale") are air protection zones that apply to an entire department. It is not possible to define in advance in which local areas within the ZPAd traffic restrictions will occur due to a peak in air pollution. In the event of a peak in air pollution, the respective initial decree provides for specific traffic restrictions, so that only then is the area within the department determined in a specific police decree, in which specific measures are then taken. In theory, even an entire department could be affected by a concrete measure, but this is relatively unlikely.
In any case, the prefect of the department is responsible for imposing driving bans where necessary (e.g. in one or more communes, on a motorway or within the entire department), based on data supplied to him by the regional air protection institute. The Certificat qualité de l'Air Vignette, which must be excluded from traffic, is also decided in these cases.

ZPAd zones are only activated temporarily. The size and dimensions of the zone are completely individual. This is determined by the respective prefect, depending on the intensity of air pollution. Therefore there are no special signs for ZPAd zones.

The situation is different for the ZFE zones. There, the beginning and the end of the environmental zones are marked with signs. This shows a red circle as prohibition sign with the remark "Zones à Circulation Restreinte" (Restricted Zone).  Who exactly is allowed to enter or not is not indicated by the entry sign.


In our Green Zones App we have a detailed map of each low emission zone. So you can easily see the boundaries and avoid penalties.

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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