Severe ozone pollution in France: Driving bans imposed in Paris and Lyon

Severe ozone pollution in France: Driving bans imposed in Paris and Lyon

Posted 23 July, 2019 at 13:56

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of Pronounce Concierge Service


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It is going to be hot in France this week. Tourists should not be surprised by driving bans due to a high ozone concentration!

Berlin, 23.07.2019. The heat wave is now rolling over France again, which in turn leads to high air pollution by ozone. In particular, the activation of the French temporary environmental zones should not unpleasantly surprise tourists and foreign holidaymakers. Buying a French Crit’Air vignette is not enough in order to be prepared in these circumstances, but it is also necessary to know exactly how, when and in which temporary zones entry is prohibited and which Crit’Air badge class is allowed to enter. 

Find below some tips for travellers to and from France who had planned to drive through the country in the next few days or who, as bus and truck drivers, want to reach their destination without facing fines or delays.

Driving ban:

  •  Paris: For Tuesday 23.07.2019 driving bans have already been imposed, which the local prefect has decided yesterday. The prefecture has banned the badge classes 3, 4 and 5 from traffic in the metropolitan area of Paris, which would affect about 3 million vehicles that are no longer allowed to drive from 5.30 am onwards. The driving bans are also expected to continue on the following days. The local public transport offers a discounted day ticket for only 3.80 euros, which is valid until the next day at 3 am.
  •  Lyon: Driving bans for a weather-related zone in and around the cities of Lyon, Villeurbane and Caluire-et-Cuire have been activated. Vehicles without a Crit’Air badge or with badge classes 5, 4 and 3 are prohibited from driving starting on Tuesday, the 23rd of July 2019. The local public transport ÖVPN is already offering the purchase of a ticket (Tick’air Karte), already valid today, with which you can drive through the city all day for 3 euros.

Early warnings:

  •  Grenoble: If the air quality will deteriorate in the next days, vehicles without Crit’Air badge or with badge classes 5 and 4 will be affected by the driving ban.
  •  Isère: In this department, where the Grenoble Metropole is, the Crit’Air vignette will be mandatory for all vehicles. This also applies to all highways in the region in the event of persistent air pollution.
  •  Marseille: Those who did not have a Crit’Air vignette in Marseille few weeks ago could still thank the police for their goodwill. The grace period for fines is now over! The authorities have warned to get a Crit’Air vignette.

Stay informed in any case! In the Green-Zones app, you can check in real time where you are allowed to drive. With this information you avoid a fine of 68 euros or 135 euros, depending on the vehicle type!

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