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Introduction
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Dates and details

At times of high pollution
Pollution alarms: 7th December 2016, 23rd January 2017.
Please also check for current alarms on our news page, where we post up to date information.


There is an alternating number plate scheme in operation, often together with a low emissions zone.
For example those vehicles that vehicles without at least the orange (number 3) French LEZ Stickers (Crit'Air vignettes) are subject to an odd-even number plate traffic ban.
The odd and even number plate ban means that:
  • On odd days vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number are allowed to circulate.
  • On even days, only vehicles with license plates ending in an even number are allowed to circulate.

alternating French number plates



Vehicles affected
All vehicles. Vehicles over 7.5 Tonnes are not allowed to circulate in Lyon.

Type of restriction
Odd even emergency scheme

Alternative transport
Lyon travel planner
You can organize your getting around in Lyon with the app Optymod’Lyon. It can be found here.
To rent a bike go here or an electric vehicle go here.

Scheme Boundary
The scheme covers Lyon and Villeurbanne
The autoroutes are excluded.
Lyon emergency scheme map

Road Sign
not available yet

Need to Register?
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Foreign vehicles affected?
Foreign vehicles >3.5 tonnes are affected.

Retrofitting allowed?
not allowed

Hours of operation
During episodes of high pollution.

Enforcement
Manual by police

Penalty
If you drive with a vehicle that does not meet the required standard these fines apply:
cars: 68€, if not paid in 45 days it increases to 180€
HGV and buses 135€, if not paid in 45 days it increases to 375€!

If you do not have the correct 'Crit'Air' sticker on your windshield 35€ will apply.(Articles L. 325-1 to 325-3 and R. 411-19 of the traffic law)

National Scheme

Yes. There is a national law, based on the classifications of vehicles shown in the table below.

Low emission zone stickers are mandatory for French vehicles and cost 3,70€ plus an additional cost for postage (0,48€). For vehicles registered in France, the French LEZ stickers can be bought here.

Foreigners can buy their stickers here.

Vehicle Classification according to article L. 318-1 and R. 318-2 French road traffic act

Class

Motor-cycles, trikes and quads

Cars and vans

Lorries

 

 

 

Diesel

Petrol

Diesel

Petrol

French Crit'Air sticker green

 

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

 

French Crit'Air sticker purple

Gas vehicles and electric hybrids

Euro 4

1 January 2017 for motorcycles

1 January 2018 for mopeds

 

 

 

 

-

Petrol 

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

 

 

 

 

-

Petrol

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

French Crit'Air sticker yellow

Euro 3

1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016 for motorcycles

31 December 2017 for mopeds

Euro 5 and 6

From 1 January 2011

 

Petrol

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

 

 

Euro 6

From 1 January 2014

 

 

Petrol

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

 

French Crit'Air sticker orange

Euro 2

1July 2004 to 31 December 2006

Euro 4

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010

Petrol

Euro 2 and 3

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2005

Euro 5

From 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013

Petrol

Euro 3 & 4

From  1 October 2001 to 30 September 2009

French Crit'Air sticker brown

Without norm

1 June 2000 to 30 June 2004

Euro 3

1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005

 

 

 

-

Euro 4

From 1 October 2006 to 31 December 2009

 

 

 

-

French Crit'Air sticker grey

 

 

 

-

Euro 2

1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000

 

 

 

-

Euro 3

From 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2006

 

 

 

-

 



Exemptions
  • Vehicles with low emissions, electric, hybrid, Natural Gas (CNG/LPG), and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) with a Crit'Air sticker 1, 2 and 3 are exempted during the first 3 days of a pollution event from the odd even scheme. On the fourth day of the pollution event the holders of the Crit'Air 3 sticker for the vehicles mentioned above are also affected by the odd even scheme.
  • 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
  • Journalists vehicles
  • Tankers
  • Funeral vehicles


Local name for the scheme
Circulation Alternée

Further Information
More information about stickers in French
Simulate which sticker you would get for your vehicle

City website
Lyon city website
For further information you can call here: 08 11 00 06 69
Rhone government public site
Information on Lyon air pollution
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