• From September 1, 2023, traffic restrictions in the Lyon conurbation will tighten.

  • The metropolis of Lyon has just voted phase 2 of its ZFE project, a low-emission zone.

  • From September 1, 2026, only vehicles with a Crit'Air sticker 1 or 0 will be authorized.

The metropolis of Lyon adopted phase two of its ZFE project, a low-emission zone, on Monday.

Unsurprisingly, the measures will tighten.

The perimeter will be practically extended to the entire conurbation from September 2023. But the restrictions will be progressive and will be done in stages, year after year until the start of the 2026 school year. Here is what motorists must now prepare for.

What will change on September 1, 2023?

Since September 1, only cars with a Crit'Air 5 sticker or those that are "unclassified" no longer have the right to enter the "central perimeter" of the ZFE, namely the cities of Lyon and Caluire. as well as part of Villeurbanne, Bron and Vénissieux.

In just under a year, this ban will be extended to vehicles with a Crit'Air 4 sticker. On the other hand, they will still be able to travel in the rest of the agglomeration.

This will no longer be the case for Crit'Air 5 cars.

From the start of the next school year, the latter will be banned from the entire “extended perimeter”, that is to say from the majority of the Lyon urban area.

This extended area will include in particular all the municipalities in the South and East of Lyon up to the Eastern Rocade: Oullins, Saint-Fons, la Mulatière, Mions, Corbas, Décines, Chassieu, Saint-Priest, Vaulx-en-Velin, Sathonay and Rillieux-la-Pape.

Another notable change, and not the least, the Laurent-Bonnevay ring road as well as the M6 ​​(to Dardilly) and M7 (to the entrance to Lyon) will also be included in this zone.

On the other hand, the cities of the West, a sector which is generally not well served by public transport, are currently exempt from the extension of the perimeter.

What will change on September 1, 2024?

This time, Crit'Air 3 vehicles will be prohibited from circulating in the "central perimeter".

As for the Crit'Air 4, they will no longer be able to go to the extended area, nor use the infrastructures serving it.

What will change on September 1, 2026?

The logic being to gradually restrict access to cars deemed to be the most polluting, the next and final step this time will concern crit'Air 2 vehicles. Trucks with this sticker will be purely and simply banned from the "central perimeter".

As for cars, the situation remains different.

Drivers whose tax income is less than 19,600 euros will benefit from an exemption.

They will have a reprieve of almost 2 years to circulate again inside Lyon.

But from January 1, 2028, they will be hunted in turn.

For others, no time limit.

The ban will be applied from September 1, 2026. On the other hand, they will still be able to move within the “extended perimeter”.

This will no longer be the case with the Crit'Air 3. In the end, the ZFE as planned should concern 369.


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