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More Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in France in 2020 – Stay informed!
More permanent and temporary environmental zones (LEZ) will be introduced in France
In France, more permanent and weather-dependent environmental zones will be introduced from 2020. Current information from 06.11.2019 here.
In response to air pollution peaks, the competent authorities in many cities are increasingly activating temporary environmental zones. In 2019, driving bans were imposed in 10 cities, such as Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Strasbourg and the whole department of Isère.
Since July 2017, drivers must affix a valid Crit’Air vignette to their vehicles in order to drive through the French environmental zones. The Crit’Air vignette, available in 6 colours, distinguishes old from new vehicles of the EURO classes 0 to 6.
In 2020, further new permanent and temporary LEZ (Low Emission Zones) zones will be created, which can also cover an entire department or may be the extension of already existing permanent zones. In particular, these include the departments of Loire (Saint-Etienne), the Pay de la Loire region, and other cities such as Avignon and Nancy.
You can find the latest information here and in our free Green-Zones app.
The (weather-dependent) ZPA zones established in the major French cities and municipalities will continue to be developed in 2020 and require increasing attention from the local and European commercial and touristic transport.The main reason for this is that the status of access rights to the environmental zones can change within 24 hours and driving bans can be applied for otherwise valid Crit’Air vignettes. This means that previously authorised vignette categories will suddenly be banned from traffic, and high fines and immediate driving bans can be imposed.
The ZCR zones, which are permanently valid and are mainly established in larger cities also need attention in 2020, as they will not only be renamed ZFE zones (Zone à faibles émissions) from 2020, but they will be often expanded and their rules will be strengthened.
The daily and current status of access rights to the environmental zones in France and many other European countries can be viewed in real time – as well as a preview of the next day - in the free Green-Zones app.