New clean air stickers required for travel to French cities

Posted: April 16, 2017 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, News, pollution, Travel

French anti-pollution car stickers

A colour-coded badge of honour or shame for every car under new French regulations. UK MoT certificates won’t do for city visitors.

UK drivers planning to go to France in the coming months are going to require new ‘clean air’ stickers or face on-the-spot fines for failing to display them, as CLM reports.

Paris, Lyon and Grenoble introduced the new Crit’Air scheme in January to tackle vehicle pollution in their city centres, with another 22 towns and cities said to be planning to follow suit over the next few years.

The scheme requires all vehicles to clearly display an air quality certificate windscreen sticker, or vignette, according to how much they pollute.

How does the Crit’Air scheme work?

The new Crit’Air system is used on high pollution days to prevent the worst polluting vehicles from driving in the affected cities. In future, however, vehicles may be banned from driving in Crit’Air areas on certain days based on which emissions sticker they have.

Air quality certificate stickers, which cost £3.60 (€4.18) each, including postage, come in six categories and cover the very cleanest electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, which is designated by a Crit’Air green sticker, to the dirtiest, which is a Crit’Air 5 grey sticker.

These relate to the six European Union emission standards for cars, dating back to 1992 when the Euro 1 emission standard was introduced.

The scheme applies to every road vehicle, including two- or three-wheeled vehicles, quadricycles, private vehicles, commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches.

The penalty for failure to display a sticker is an on-the-spot fine of between €68-135 (£58 to £117).
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Another important point to be aware of is the requirement to upload an image of the vehicle’s V5C [log book]. However, the maximum file size allowed is only 400kb which isn’t very big at all, and drivers should ensure that they don’t save the file in too large a format.

Full report: New clean air stickers required for travel to French cities – CLM

  1. Mike Haseler says:

    And no doubt they don’t include the higher particulates from heavier electric vehicles because most of the particulate come from tyre wear.

  2. J Martin says:

    Getting the lease company to scan the logbook and email it to me might be a bit of a challenge.

  3. Bitter&twisted says:

    Yet another green extortion scam dressed up as a means of “saving the planet”.

  4. dennisambler says:

    This will be a great boost for tourism, or not…

  5. Gamecock says:

    They might have to invent a new colour for my Shelby GT350.

  6. dennisambler says:

    Check out

    Although the maximum hourly mean level of NO2 can reach 600 ppb in urban areas [during rush hour] this appears to be well below the “recommended” exposure level of 1,000 ppb in the US.

    Annual mean concentrations of NO2 in urban areas are generally in the range 10-45 ppb (20-90 µgm-3).

    Levels vary significantly throughout the day, with peaks generally occurring twice daily as a consequence of “rush hour” traffic.

    Maximum daily and one hourly means can be as high as 200 ppb (400 µgm-3) and 600 ppb (1200 µgm-3) respectively.

    Globally, quantities of nitrogen oxides produced naturally (by bacterial and volcanic action and lightning) far outweigh anthropogenic (man-made) emissions.”

  7. Saighdear says:

    Am I missing a trick here? Why are we ( UK-ers) getting all this guff served up this now? yesterday’s Driving test rubbish, etc. Tolls in Germany as well? We’ve all being paying ROAD FUND LICENCEs for years. DON’T even begin to lecture me that – it’s not called that any longer – just another type of P.C. SCAM. I didn’t Vote for ANY of this , here in the UK or in the EU. Whose Agenda is this all then? change the name, …. ‘ nothing to discuss here, moving forward,’ ….

  8. oldbrew says:

    Ministers ‘will be urged to bring in targeted diesel car scrappage scheme’
    By PA 16 Apr 2017

    According to the Sunday Telegraph, MP Neil Parish will use a House of Commons debate on Wednesday to urge the Government to commit to a targeted scheme to tackle emissions.

    He will say that “households should not just be able to trade in multiple diesels for a cash subsidy”, and instead the Government “should particularly consider targeting a scrappage scheme at poorer households or those earning less than 60% of the median UK household income”.

    Mr Parish, Conservative chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee, will say: “If the Government earmarked £500 million for this scheme, it would take nearly 10% of the five million dirtiest diesels off our roads.”

    The newspaper reports that he will say: “Limiting the scheme to these hotspots could potentially take as many as half of these dirtiest diesels out of these pollution hotspots.”
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    Towns will be demanding to get on the ‘dirty list’ 😉