France requires 'Clean air' windscreen stickers as a legal requirement in some of its major cities

4 Apr 2017 16:21 by Sam Taylor


Critair Pollution Stickers

If you're driving through France this summer you'll probably already be aware, but just in case we wanted to let you know that France has introduced ‘clean air’ windscreen stickers, as a legal requirement when driving through Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. This is enforceable from 31st March 2017.

You can apply online for a sticker here at a cost of €4.80. You will need to know your vehicle’s European Emissions Standard – you can find this out using this link (courtesy of RAC). If your car doesn’t meet any emissions standard, you cannot apply for a vignette and you will not be permitted to drive in the restricted cities. When applying you will also need to upload to the website an image or scan of your vehicle’s V5C registration form.

On-the-spot fines of between €68 and €135 are in place for non-compliant vehicles.

This information has been taken from the RAC website.

Want to know more? 

The French clean air stickers - called Crit'Air vignettes - are part of a six-category sticker system that applies to all motor vehicles in certain areas to identify what emissions they produce.

The six categories have six colours that denote how heavily polluting the vehicle is according to its Euro emissions standard, ranging from green (Crit’Air 1, electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles) for the cleanest, to black (Crit’Air 6 mostly older, diesel cars) for the dirtiest. 

Please be aware: The ordering process can, in some cases, take up to six weeks to be delivered, make sure you factor this in before you travel!

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