Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Loiret/Orleans ZPAd - France
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 16-11-2017
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, > 80 µg/m³ for particulate matter and following the Prefect´s decision.
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Vehicles without badge as well as vehicles without a sufficiently high class of badge, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution peak. Based on the Prefect´s decision, the badge classes 4 and 5 may be excluded from circulation.
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable
Fines: 68-450 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The zone covers theoretically the entire Department of Loiret. The actual extension of the activated zone is redefined during each air pollution peak and set in a separate individual order, which then declares the entry into force of the zone. The highways A10, A19, A71 and A77 within the Department of Loiret may also be affected.
Special features: Depending on the type, duration and level of air pollution, the borders of one or more zones within the entire department may change.
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
Do I need stickers or registrations?
What is a ZPAd zone?
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.
How do I recognize the low emission zone?
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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All current driving bans and further information are available in our Green-Zones App.
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