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2017 Update 01b/17*
The RAC is advising UK motorists driving to France
to be aware of a new vehicle emissions sticker system which has been
introduced in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble to tackle pollution.
The Crit’Air scheme, which came into force in Paris on Sunday, January
22, requires all vehicles – cars, lorries, motorbikes and buses – to
display a windscreen sticker, or vignette, according to how much they
pollute. Grenoble and Lyon introduced the scheme on January 1.
Vehicles registered abroad will be allowed to drive in central Paris
without the Crit’Air vignette until March 31. Stickers cost around £3.20
each (€3.70) – or £3.60 (€4.18) including postage, and come in six
categories ranging from the very cleanest (Crit’Air 1) – electric or
hydrogen-powered vehicles – to the dirtiest (Crit’Air 6).
The penalty for failure to display a sticker while driving in Paris is
an on-the-spot fine of between €68-135 (£58 to £117). The categories
correspond to the six European Union emission standards for cars –
dating back to 1992 when Euro-1 was introduced.
RAC European breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “Anyone caught
without a sticker risks a fine of up to £117, although we understand the
French police are likely to be lenient in the early days.
"While the stickers only cost around £3.20 to buy, the website is
currently only in French. An English-language site is, however, due to
be in operation as of February 1.”
He added: "We are aware of third-party websites already selling stickers
for substantially more than French drivers are being charged by the
French government, which motorists need to be wary of.
"From the beginning of February, the onus will be on UK car owners to
check the Euro emissions standard of their vehicle by checking this
table, visit the official Crit'Air website and apply for a sticker. We'd
recommend drivers do this well before they intend to travel so they
don't run the risk of driving without one."
In order to apply for a sticker online, drivers will need to know the
European Emissions Standard of their vehicle.
For newer vehicles, covered by Euro 5 and Euro 6 standards, the
information you need may be found in section D2 of your DVLA V5C
registered keeper form.
For older vehicles, motorists will need to find out when your vehicle
was manufactured and check it with the emissions bands on this webpage.
Ultimately, those vehicles with the highest emissions face not being
allowed to drive in the city on days where pollution is particularly
high. In the future vehicles may be banned from driving in Crit’Air
areas on certain days based on which sticker have, or which emissions
category they fall into.
Somewhere in the region of 600,000 vehicles are driven in the French
capital every day and pollution has been so severe on occasions that the
authorities have banned vehicles from driving in the city based on
whether their number plates are odd or even.
Paris, along with Madrid, Athens and Mexico City also have wider plans
to ban all diesel vehicles from the city by 2025.
Author: Fleet News 26/01/17
Chairman Technical Group and Webmaster.