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Due to the health and ecological concerns from fine particulates, the French government is moving forward with a mandatory, nationwide program, called the Zone à Faibles Emissions (ZFE) or Low Emissions Zones. These ZFEs have been designated in 35 urban areas to reduce pollutant emissions and improve air quality. The ZFE will be subjected to a certificate system and use a “Crit’Air” sticker to prove your vehicle’s emissions class. This program concerns all motorized vehicles: two-wheels, passenger cars, utility vehicles, buses, big rigs, etc.
Its principle is to limit the circulation of the most polluting vehicles on the streets of large towns and cities. In order to circulate within the defined zones, each vehicle must have a Crit’Air sticker (certificate) affixed to its windscreen, which distinguishes it according to its level of emissions of atmospheric pollutants. If you get caught driving in a ZFE without the appropriate Crit’Air sticker, the fine could be 68 or 135 euros.

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There are 6 different classes, defined according to the vehicle’s emissions. Vehicles registered before December 1st 1996 are not eligible for a certificate and are considered “non classés” or unclassable. You can have your vehicle evaluated and order your sticker on the official website at https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/ .

Click the link below to find an interactive map of the ZFE zones in France , published by the French Government.
https://www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/zones-a-faibles-emissions-mobilite.html

Detailed list of the different Zones and implementation dates in France

ZFE Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole

Towns concerned: Bresson, Champagnier, Champ-sur-Drac, Claix, Corenc, Échirolles, Eybens, Fontaine, Gières, Grenoble, Jarrie, La Tronche, Meylan, Montchaboud, Noyarey, Poisat, Pont-de-Claix, Quaix-en-Chartreuse, Saint-Égrève, Saint-Martin-d’Hères ainsi que le Domaine Universitaire, Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux, Sassenage, Seyssinet-Pariset, Seyssins, Varces, Venon, Veurey-Voroise.
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (Crit’Air 4, 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date:  Enforced

ZFE Métropole de Lyon

Towns concerned: La quasi-totalité de Lyon, les secteurs de Bron, Vénissieux et Villeurbanne situés à l’intérieur du boulevard périphérique et Caluire-et-Cuire.
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (Crit’Air 3, 4, 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: Enforced

ZFE Paris

Towns concerned: Paris
Vehicles excluded: VL, VUL et PL (Crit’Air 4, 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: Enforced

ZFE Métropole du Grand Paris

Towns concerned: Alfortville, Antony, Arcueil, Asnières-sur-Seine, Aubervilliers, Bagneux, Bagnolet, Bois-Colombes, Boulogne-Billancourt, Bourg-la-Reine, Cachan, Charenton-le-Pont, Châtenay Malabry, Chaville, Chevilly Larue, Choisy-le-Roi, Clamart, Clichy, Colombes, Courbevoie, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Fresnes, Garches, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Ivry-sur-Seine, Joinville-le-Pont, La Garenne-Colombes, Levallois-Perret, La Courneuve, L’Haÿ-les-Roses, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, L’Île Saint-Denis, Le Plessis Robinson, Le Pré Saint-Gervais, Les Lilas, Malakoff, Marnes-la-Coquette, Meudon, Montreuil, Montrouge, Nanterre, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Nogent-sur-Marne, Noisy-le-Sec, Pantin, Puteaux, Romainville, Rosny-sous-Bois, Rueil-Malmaison, Saint-Cloud, Saint-Denis (et l’Ile Saint-Denis), Saint-Mandé, Saint-Maurice, Saint-Ouen, Sceaux, Sèvres, Suresnes, Vanves, Vaucresson, Ville-d’Avray, Villejuif, Vitry-sur-Seine, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, Vincennes.
Vehicles excluded: VL, VUL et PL (Crit’Air 4, 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: Enforced

ZFE Métropole Rouen-Normandie

Towns concerned: Rouen, puis en 2022 : Amfreville-la-Mi-Voie, Bihorel, Bois Guillaume, Bonsecours, Darnétal, Déville-lès-Rouen, Le Grand Quevilly, Le Mesnil Esnard, Le Petit Quevilly, Maromme, Mont-Saint Aignan, Pont Flaubert, Pont Mathilde, Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Saint-Léger-du-Bourg-Denis, Sotteville-lès-Rouen.
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (Crit’Air 4, 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: 1st of July 2021 (VL on 1st of July 2022)

ZFE Métropole du Grand Reims

Towns concerned: Reims et voie Taittinger (A344)
Vehicles excluded: VL, VUL et PL (Crit’Air 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: From 1st of September, ticketing in 2022

ZFE Eurométropole de Strasbourg

Towns concerned: Achenheim, Bischheim, Blaesheim, Breuschwickersheim, Eckbolsheim, Eckwersheim, Entzheim, Eschau, Fegersheim, Geispolsheim, Hangenbieten, Hœnheim, Holtzheim, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Kolbsheim, Lampertheim, Lingolsheim, Lipsheim, Mittelhausbergen, Mundolsheim, Niederhausbergen, Oberhausbergen, Oberschaeffolsheim, Osthoffen, Ostwald, Plobsheim, Reichstett, Schiltigheim, Souffelweyersheim, Strasbourg, Vendenheim, La Wantzenau, Wolfisheim.
Vehicles excluded: VL (Crit’Air 5 et non-classé)
Implementation Date: 1st of January, 2022, ticketing in 2023

ZFE Toulouse-Metropole

Towns concerned: Toulouse, rocade ouest, route d’Auch et une petite partie de Colomiers et Tournefeuille.
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (Crit’Air 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: 1st of March 2022 (VP as of 1st of January 2023)

ZFE Métropole Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée

Towns concerned: Carqueiranne, La Crau, La Garde, Hyères, Ollioules, Le Pradet, Le Revest-les-Eaux, Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Toulon, La Valette-du-Var.
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (Crit’Air 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: 1st of July 2021 (VP as of 1st of July 2022)

ZFE Montpellier-Méditerranée-Métropole

Towns concerned: Castelnau-le-Lez, Clapiers, Grabels, Jacou, Juvignac, Lattes, Le Crès, Montpellier, Pérols, Saint Jean de Védas, Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone
Vehicles excluded: VL, VUL et PL (non-classés)
Implementation Date: 1st of July 2022

ZFE Saint-Etienne Métropole

Towns concerned: Saint-Etienne et ses environs, délimité par la RN88, l’A72 et la RD201.
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (non-classés)
Implementation Date: 31st of January 2022

ZFE Métropole Nice-Côte d’Azur

Towns concerned: Promenade des Anglais, Quai des Etats Unis, Quai Rauba Capeu, hypercentre
Vehicles excluded: VUL et PL (Crit’Air 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: 31st of January 2022 (VP as of 1st of January 2023)

ZFE Métropole d’Aix-Marseille-Provence

Towns concerned: Marseille délimité par le Prado, Rabatau, le Jarret, Plombières et intègre la zone Euromed
Vehicles excluded: VL, VUL et PL (Crit’Air 5 et non-classés)
Implementation Date: September 2022

VP = véhicule particulier, Private vehicle
VUL = véhicule utilitaire léger, light commercial vehicle
PL = poids-lourds. Heavy goods vehicle, truck
Non classé = Cars registered before 1st of December 1996

If you plan to buy a new vehicle soon, you may want to check the emissions to make sure you can freely drive where you’re intending.

 

Staff Writer

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