Driving bans in France because of bad air quality
Five tourist areas currently introduced driving bans due to poor air quality: Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Annecy and Isère (Alpine region, Grenoble). In these zones, cars without the Crit’Air environmental badge and with Crit’Air Class 5 – and in some cases Class 4 – are no longer allowed to drive.
In the case of Isère, the whole department with its highways (A7 and A41 to 47) is affected.
In France, temporary air protection zones exist, where driving bans are only imposed within the environmental zones if air pollution is particularly high. This case is currently underway. After many weeks of increased air pollution values, the government has now acted and declared driving bans in many parts of France.
Tourists as well as professional drivers should be careful, because high penalties are imposed in the event of non-compliance. If you do not have the required badge, it may be better to leave the car standing or drive around the environmental zones. However, anyone who has a badge marked 3, 2, 1 or E may continue to drive. A map of the affected environmental zones can be found in this article and all the necessary information are available in many languages on our website www.crit-air.fr and in our free Green Zones App.