Driving Smarter and Greener with Waze for ZTL & Crit’Air

Aug 9, 2018 · 3 min read

Hot off the heels of out locally-tailored Waze navigation features for the US, Canada, Indonesia and Brazil, we’re excited to share that today we’ve begun to roll out “Zona a Traffico Limitato” (ZTL) routing in Italy and Crit’Air navigation in France. Together, these help more Wazers than ever drive greener and avoid hefty fines.

To help ease congestion and improve air quality in busy zones, cities around the the world have begun implementing laws that restrict driving based on time of day, proximity to historical monuments, and other local needs.

Thanks to our hardworking Waze Community — who updated the Waze Map with nuanced restrictions for ZTL and Crit’Air — it’s much easier to follow the rules and avoid expensive fines. Whether you’re a local, a tourist, or on an epic road trip, these features are here for you.

All you have to do is update your pass information in the Waze app (just once) to get the most efficient route based on local rules of the road — and Waze real-time traffic alerts you know and love. We’re not encouraging procrastination, but even if you choose not to add your pass (but really, you should add it), Waze will alert you if your route takes you within a ZTL or Crit’Air zone.

Driving in France?
Currently available in Paris, Lyon, and Grenoble (more cities coming soon!), Waze Crit’Air navigation will alert you in the following scenarios:

  1. Permanent areas restricting vehicle access Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm, known as ‘ZCR.’
  2. Dynamic areas added to the permanent perimeters and enforced when pollution levels are severe, known as ‘ZPA.’

To ensure you’re getting Waze alerts for high air pollution, and Crit’Air-optimized routes, add your pass today. And don’t forget the most important step: sharing the news of Waze Crit’Air navigation because all your friends, family, coworkers, and taxi drivers deserve to know there’s an easier way to outsmart Crit’Air zones.

Riding through the streets of Italy?

For Wazers of Rome and Milan (more coming soon!), the ZTL navigation uses a combination of factors to determine your best, fine-free route. Including:

  • City
  • Time of day
  • Permit type
  • Vehicle type

Make sure you’re ZTL-compliant by adding your pass information to the Waze app.Then, pay it forward. Share your knowledge of Waze ZTL navigation with the world — on social media, at your office, with friends & family — because everyone’s money is meant for better things than paying fines.

Wazers, we work hard to make your in-car experience the best it can be — whether you’re road tripping around the world or headed to the grocery store. Stay updated on the latest and greatest from Waze when you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Waze creates community on and off the road. Bringing together drivers, riders, municipalities, first responders and transit authorities, we solve transportation problems, improve mobility and work to end traffic altogether.

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