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Taking Your Car to Paris? Don't Forget Your Crit'Air Sticker!

Taking Your Car to Paris? Don't Forget Your Crit'Air Sticker!

Paris has experienced more instances of heavy smog over the capital, leading to a tough new plan to deal with air pollution, that all drivers will be required to adhere to.

At the end of 2016 Paris has experienced what was described as the 'worst air pollution for at least a decade'.  Currently when pollution levels are high cars with either an odd or even number plate will be banned from driving in the capital in an attempt to keep emission levels down.  This system will now be replaced with the Crit'Air sticker.

What is the Crit'Air sticker?

The Crit'Air sticker is to be placed in the windscreen and provides a visible way to identify the level of emissions a vehicle produces.  These stickers will split cars up into 6 categories depending on emission levels as follows;

Crit'Air Sticker Categories

  • Crit’Air - Green Sticker, green and white sticker will apply only to cars that are 100% electric or hydrogen and so therefore have zero emissions.
  • Crit’Air 1 – Purple Sticker, this category is for plug in and hybrid cars along with Euro 5 and 6 petrol models.
  • Crit’Air 2 – Yellow Sticker, these stickers will be awarded to Euro 4 petrol cars and Euro 5 and 6 diesel vehicles.
  • Crit'Air 3 - Orange Sticker, Euro 2 and 3 petrol vehicles and Euro 4 diesel vehicles will be included in this category.
  • Crit’Air 4 – Dark red Sticker, for Euro 3 diesel cars. 
  • Crit'AIr 5 - Dark Blue Sticker, this is the most polluting group for Euro 2 diesel vehicles only.

When pollution levels are high ‘bands’ of vehicles will be banned from the capital to reduce smog starting with Crit’Air 5 and increasing as French authorities feel necessary.

Which Areas and Times Will Be Affected?

Currently the Crit'Air stickers will be needed if you are travelling in Paris, Lyon or Grenoble.  Time restrictions may also apply with the Crit'Air sticker system in use from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday.  Signs will be displayed around the Crit'Air zones to make it clear to drivers when they are entering these areas.   

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Who Needs to Display a Crit'Air Sticker?

The scheme applies to every vehicle in these areas regardless of whether they are residents, tourists or just passing through and no matter where your vehicle was registered.  The scheme also applies to diasability vehicle owners, motorcyces and lorries.

What Happens if my Vehicle does not Fall into any of the 6 Categories?

For some vehicles, there will be no category to fall into, so they will therefore not be awarded a sticker.  This situation will apply to all vehicles registered before 1997 and trucks and buses which were registered before 2001.  Drivers of these vehicles, deemed to be the most polluting, will not be allowed to drive into the capital at all between 8am-8pm Monday – Friday.  The RAC have estimated that around 9% of French vehicles will be too old to qualify for a sticker.  Many believe this is penalising those who can least afford a newer, less polluting car.

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Where Can I get a Crit'Air Sticker and how much does it Cost?

You can order your sticker from the offical Crit'Air Website.  To do this you will need your registration certificate available as a .pdf, .png or .jpeg format and must not exceed 400kB.  The cost is €3.70 + postage, which in the EU is likely to make a total cost of €4.80.

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What Happens if I do not correctly display my Crit'Air Sticker?

For those who already live in France the changes came into force on 23rd January.  Authorities excused all visitors not displaying a ticket until March 31st.  After this time, anyone not displaying the correct sticker can be fined up to €135.  

When compared to the French approach to cutting emissions, do you think our congestion charges around London go far enough?  Which measures would you like to see the UK adopt to clean up our air?   

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
30 January 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy
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