High ozone levels lead to first driving bans in France

High ozone levels lead to first driving bans in France

Posted 28 June, 2019 at 15:07

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (IFM) Independent Forecourt Magazine


Paris prohibits vehicle use for 57% of registered vehicles - foreign vehicles are also affected

Berlin, 28.06.2019. For the first time as of Wednesday this week, driving bans for vehicles in Crit'Air Category 3 and higher have been in place in the French cities of Paris and Lyon. This means, for example, that only diesel cars and campervans (up to 3.5 t) that comply with Euro 5 or 6 and cars with petrol engines complying with Euro 4, 5 and 6 are allowed to enter the Paris ring autobahn A86. In the Île-de-France region alone, around 57% of registered vehicles are subject to these bans. In Grenoble, Marseille and Strasbourg, bans have also been in force since yesterday - only vehicles with a "Crit'Air" vignette 0 (= green), 1, 2 and 3 are permitted to use the roads.

The environmental badge, the so-called Crit'Air Vignette (official "certificat qualité de l'air") is mandatory for vehicles registered in France. The environmental badge has been mandatory for foreign vehicles since 01.02.2017.

Pre-warnings, which can result in short-term driving bans, are currently in force for various regions in eastern France. The Berlin-based company Green-Zones provides information about permanent and weather-dependent (temporary) environmental zones in Europe and in the respective European countries via its main portal green-zones.eu. Using the new Green-Zones app ("Fleet App"), commercial users in particular (e.g. bus and transport companies) can inform themselves in real time about permanent and weather-dependent (temporary) environmental zones.

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