Like Paris, the French city of Lyon has launched a new Crit’Air anti-pollution scheme. Find out all about it and how it could affect your car or motorhome…
The French city of Lyon is now using Crit’Air stickers to help cut pollution from vehicles: Image credit
Here’s our at-a-glance guide to Crit’Air anti-pollution stickers for anyone driving in or near Lyon.
What are Crit’Air stickers?
Crit’Air certificates are small round stickers that denote how polluting a vehicle is. They are a single ‘certificate’ that can be used by authorities across France to offer favourable transport conditions and parking for motorists with the least-polluting vehicles.
The schemes linked to Crit’Air stickers vary across France; Paris has created a zone encompassing the entire city to prevent older, more-polluting vehicles entering the zone during weekdays, while also limiting other Crit’Air categories on days of peak pollution.
The Lyon system has a low emissions zone, where stickers are recommended for French-registered vehicles that wish to drive in the city when pollution levels are high.
Unlike Paris, the stickers are not mandatory in Lyon, but they will allow some cars to drive in the city when restrictions apply.
During these periods of high-pollution, the city operates a scheme where vehicles with odd and even numbers on registration plates enter the city on alternating days. However, the Crit’Air stickers allow vehicles with ‘cleaner’ ratings to enter regardless of their number plate being odd or even.
Are foreign vehicles affected in Lyon?
Here’s where it gets complicated…
The new Crit’Air stickers that some vehicles will require for driving in Lyon
Cars: Foreign-registered Vehicles with a kerb weight of less than 3.5 tonnes will not be affected by the scheme, according to the EU-funded Urban Access website. It seems, therefore that drivers of cars do not need a Crit’Air sticker and can drive in the city at all times.
Motorhomes and vans 3.5-7.5 tonnes: Drivers of vans and motorhomes will need to apply for and display a Crit’Air sticker if they want to drive in the city during periods of high pollution.
During these periods, whether or not a foreign-registered motorhome or van can drive in the city will relate to its Crit’Air sticker. In most cases, this means zero-emission-, 1-, 2- and 3-rated Crit’Air vehicles will be able to enter the city.
The sticker will cost €4.18 (around £3.60) for drivers of foreign-registered vehicles.
What is the fine for ignoring pollution restrictions?
For light vans and motorhomes: €68 (around £58)
HGV and busses pay €135 (around £115)
Are there any exemptions for Blue Badge holders?
Yes, Blue Badge holders will be ‘exempt’ from the scheme, according to the EU-funded Urban Access website.
Other exemptions are listed as:
Car sharing vehicles
Foreign vehicles <3.5 tonnes
Collective transport, Taxis
Vehicles carrying perishable goods to shops and markets
Emergency vehicles and vehicles on urgent public business
Vehicles for: construction, cleaning, waste removal, agricultural, motor garages, harbour, postal,
Business vehicles from health professionals
Vehicles of people with disabilities or reduced mobility
This is how the new Crit’Air stickers will be applied to your vehicle.
CRIT’AIR GREEN VEHICLES (GREEN AND WHITE STICKER) Lowest band restricted only for 100% pure-electric or hydrogen vehicles.
CRIT’AIR 1 (PURPLE STICKER) Plug-in hybrid cars and Euro 5 and 6 petrol models (registered from 1 January 2011).
CRIT’AIR 2 (YELLOW STICKER) Euro 4 petrol-powered cars (registered between 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010) and Euro 5 and 6 diesel models (registered from 1 January 2011).
CRIT’AIR 3 (ORANGE STICKER) Euro 2 and 3 petrol cars (registered from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2005).
Petrol cars registered before 1997 do not qualify for a Crit’Air sticker at all and will be barred from entering the city 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday
Crit’Air 3 also includes Euro 4 diesel cars (registered between 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010).
CRIT’AIR 4 (DARK RED STICKER) Euro 3 diesel cars registered between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2005.
CRIT’AIR 5 (DARK BLUE STICKER) Euro 2 diesels, registered from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000.
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