France: driving restrictions in major cities because of heat wave pollution
In France, the cities of Paris, Lyon, Annecy, Strasbourg and the Isère department have put up driving restrictions starting from yesterday because of exceeding pollution levels caused by the heat wave. Cars registered before 1996 aren’t allowed anywhere.
The French Ministry of Ecological Transition announced driving restrictions in numerous cities because of the heat wave. Paris decided to restrict any cars with a pollution vignette Crit’Air 5 or 4 (registered before 2006 for diesel and 1997 for petrol cars) and to completely ban the access of transit vehicles with a weight exceeding 3,5 tons to the conurbation.
City parkings have been made completely free yesterday and today to compensate the driving restriction that applies inside the A86 ring road. On every road in the circumscription limited to 90, 110 or 130 km/h, the speed limit has been dropped by 20 km/h.
Rhône and Isère departments
In the Rhône department, the Prefect launched the driving restriction on Monday at 5 am in Lyon and Villeurbanne. The north ring road and the A6, A7 and A42 motorways aren’t restricted. Just like in the Isère department, any car that hasn’t got a Crit’Air vignette (before 1996) isn’t allowed to drive in the department.
Crit’Air 1, 2 or 3
For Annecy and Strasbourg, only cars equipped with a Crit’Air Vignette 0, 1, 2 or 3 (not older than 1997 for petrol, 2006 for diesel cars) can drive though the cities. Electric cars and hydrogen-powered cars are allowed to drive anywhere.
For any drivers going to those cities, including foreigners, Crit’Air vignettes are available online on the website: www.certificat-air.gouv.fr.