Ecological zone Lyon

Since the end of 2016, there is a so-called sporadic low-emission zone in Lyon, coming into force when a specific level of air pollution is reached. In practice, this means that when there is a “high level of smog” alert on an odd-number calendar day, only vehicles with an odd-numbered license plate are permitted to enter the city, while on an even-number day, only vehicles with an even-numbered license plate are allowed into the city.

Other conditions of entry depend on the level of the smog alert:

  • at level D2 - entry is allowed for cars with a Crit'Air sticker of categories 0, 1, 2 or 3. Vehicles of lower categories (i.e. 4, 5 or 6) follow the rules of alternating traffic. On odd-number days, cars with an odd-numbered license plate are allowed to enter the city, and on even-number days, only those with an even-numbered license plate are allowed in.
  • at level D3 – entry is allowed to cars with a Crit'Air sticker of categories 0, 1 or 2. Vehicles of lower categories (i.e. 3, 4, 5 or 6) follow the rules of alternating traffic. On odd-number days, cars with an odd-numbered license plate are allowed to enter the city, and on even-number days, only those with an even-numbered license plate are allowed in.

As of February 1 st , 2017, both French and foreign vehicles that pass through the activated low- emission zone in Lyon are required to have a Crit'Air sticker on the windscreen, entitling them to enter the city.

If you drive in the environmental zone without a valid sticker, you will be fined € 68 or more.

 

Environmental Zone Lyon Map

 

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