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Low emission zone Paris

Important!

Paris has four environmental zones: Paris City ZFE, Paris Greater Area ZPA, Paris A86 (inside) ZFE, Paris A86 (outside) ZFE

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone ZCR Paris City - France

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-09-2015

Type of environmental zone: Permanent, 08:00 am to 08:00 pm

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicles without Crit’Air badge and vehicles with Crit’Air badge class 5,4.

Fines: From 68 to 375 euros.

Area/extension of the environmental zone: Since 01.07.2019, the inner city ring of Paris, the Boulevard Périphérique, as well as the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes have been affected by the rules of the newly surrounding environmental ZFE zone of Grand Paris. In addition, the city of Paris (ZCR Paris) is located within the ZPA zone of Paris.

Special features: Since 01.07.2019, vehicles with a Crit’Air badge class 4 will be permanently banned from Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 8 pm. For trucks and buses, the driving ban also applies on weekends and public holidays, from 8 am to 8 pm.
The ZCR Paris is located within the ZPA of Greater Paris. In the case of a permanent air pollution peak, several and different driving bans may apply.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Special scheme for Paris: No driving ban for L, M1, N1 < 3.5 t on weekends and public holidays.

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone ZPA Paris Greater Area - France

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 02-01-2017

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, > 50 µg/m³ for particulate matter and following the prefect’s decision.

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Vehicles without a Crit’Air badge and vehicles with insufficient Crit’Air badge class, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution peak.

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable

Fines: From 68 to 375 euros.

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The ZPA zone of the Greater Paris includes 72 municipalities located within the A86 highway. The highway ring „Boulevard Périphérique“, which also runs around Paris, could also be affected by the driving bans in the Greater Paris ZPA. The two airports of Paris (Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly) – as well as the Disneyland Park – are located outside this zone and are, therefore, not affected by possible driving bans.

Special features: The Paris ZCR zone is located within the Greater Paris ZPA. In the event of a permanent air pollution peak, numerous and different driving bans can be imposed. The A86 highway is not affected by driving bans.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Paris A86 (inside) ZFE - France

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-09-2015

Type of environmental zone: Permanent, 08:00 am to 08:00 pm

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicles without Crit’Air badge and vehicles with Crit’Air badge class 5.

Fines: From 68 to 375 euros.

Area/extension of the environmental zone: Originally, the zone was supposed to affect all 79 municipalities, most of which are located within the A86 highway. However, since no municipality is obliged to implement the rule of the zone, the rules only apply in 47 of the 79 municipalities. The resulting map of the environmental zone, which looks like a patchwork zone, is provided by Green-Zones in its app. The map thus shows the validity of the environmental zone of Grand Paris in many (but not all) municipalities within the A86 and some outside the A86, as well as the two city forests "Bois de Boulogne" and "Bois de Vincennes" of the city of Paris.

The busy A86 ring road is exempt from the Grand Paris ZCR/ZFE zone regulations. In any case, the Paris ring road Boulevard Périphérique, which is outside the ZCR zone of Paris, is now inside the Grand Paris ZCR/ZFE zone.

The permanent Grand Paris ZCR/ZFE Zone should not be confused with the permanent ZCR Zone of Paris, where even stricter rules apply, and the temporary ZPA Zone of Paris, which often comes into force with weather-related air pollution and whose driving bans and rules “override” the rules of the other two zones.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Special scheme for Paris: No driving ban for L, M1, N1 < 3.5 t on weekends and public holidays.

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Paris A86 (outside) ZFE - France

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-09-2015

Type of environmental zone: Permanent, 08:00 am to 08:00 pm

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicles without Crit’Air badge and vehicles with Crit’Air badge class 5.

Fines: From 68 to 375 euros.

Area/extension of the environmental zone: Originally, the zone was supposed to affect all 79 municipalities, most of which are located within the A86 highway. However, since no municipality is obliged to implement the rule of the zone, the rules only apply in 47 of the 79 municipalities. The resulting map of the environmental zone, which looks like a patchwork zone, is provided by Green-Zones in its app. The map thus shows the validity of the environmental zone of Grand Paris in many (but not all) municipalities within the A86 and some outside the A86, as well as the two city forests "Bois de Boulogne" and "Bois de Vincennes" of the city of Paris.

The busy A86 ring road is exempt from the Grand Paris ZCR/ZFE zone regulations. In any case, the Paris ring road Boulevard Périphérique, which is outside the ZCR zone of Paris, is now inside the Grand Paris ZCR/ZFE zone.

The permanent Grand Paris ZCR/ZFE Zone should not be confused with the permanent ZCR Zone of Paris, where even stricter rules apply, and the temporary ZPA Zone of Paris, which often comes into force with weather-related air pollution and whose driving bans and rules “override” the rules of the other two zones.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Special scheme for Paris: No driving ban for L, M1, N1 < 3.5 t on weekends and public holidays.

Environmental zone ZFE

Do I need stickers or registrations?

To enter the low emission zone, each vehicle concerned requires a valid French environmental sticker (Certificat qualité de l'Air). Otherwise, a fine of 68 euros to 375 euros is to be expected.

The ZFE zones (Zone à Faibles Émissions), which were still called ZCR zones from 2016 to the end of 2019, are fixed zones that can be identified by traffic signs.
The establishment of a ZFE in France is the responsibility of the respective city or municipality and is regulated by the national decree Décret ZCR 2016-847 of 28.06.2016. After a 6-month legal consultation procedure, which also provides for a right of participation of affected persons, the zone can come into force.
In order to be able to travel in the ZFE environmental zones established by cities or municipalities in France, a Certificat qualité de l'Air is then required, which is allocated to 6 categories.

The respective city or commune determines which sticker classes may enter when. On an additional sign, under the actual ZFE sign, days and times are indicated at which one may enter with a certain French vignette.

 

In the long term, more and more vignette categories are being excluded from entering low emission zones, so that in some years only categories E and 1 will be allowed to enter.
In a ZFE zone, vignette colours are permanently excluded and do not depend on the respective weather conditions. However, it is possible that a ZFE and a ZPA zone overlap. If driving bans are then imposed within the ZPA zone due to the weather, these also apply to the ZFE/zone. In this case, the rules of the ZPA also apply to the ZFE zone.
However, if the ZFE zone is not within a ZPA zone, this case cannot occur and the rules are unchangeable.

The beginning and end of the environmental zones are marked with signs. This shows a red circle as a prohibition sign with the remark "Zones à Circulation Restreinte" (Restricted Zone).  Exactly who may or may not enter the zone 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.

Environmental zone ZPA

Do I need stickers or registrations?

If there is a peak in air pollution and the ZPA 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.

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.

ZPA 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 ZPA 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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All current driving bans and further information are available in our Green-Zones App.


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