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French “Clean Air” Sticker information update

Friday 05 October 2018

French “Clean Air” Sticker information update
The introduction of the 2017 Crit’Air requirement for foreign registered vehicles entering Paris, Lyon or Grenoble to display an emissions category sticker on the windscreen of their vehicle has been widened to include the city of Rennes with effect from the 1 October 2018.

All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, which enter the restricted zone in Rennes, whichincludes the city’s ‘Route Peripherique’, will be required to display a windscreen sticker.

As the number of French cities introducing this method of vehicle emissions control
is increasing it is recommended that all vehicles travelling to France display the sticker. Many cities across Europe have also introduced vehicle emission restrictions so it is important to check what is required before you travel. Please follow this link to the AA website which gives details of traffic restrictions including emission restrictions in cities across Europe.

The vignette, or sticker system was introduced to reduce the emissions output in larger cities on days where there is a risk of reaching their Euro emissions limit. Vehicles not displaying the sticker can be fined up to a maximum of €135 (£117) if they enter a restricted area. Where a restriction has been implemented the category of vehicle restricted will depend on the severity of pollutants in the air on any given day.

Maps of the restricted areas for each city are available on the official Crit’Air website.The price for a sticker for foreign-registered vehicles has reduced from €4.80 per vignette to €3.11 plus postage (as of June 2018).

You can apply online for a sticker via the official Crit’Air websiteYou will need to knowyour vehicle’s European Emissions Standard. This can be found by visiting and entering your vehicle make, model, year of registration and fuel type.

Important: Some unofficial, third party websites are known to be selling Crit’Air vignettes for more than seven times the rate set by the French government – motorists should ensure they only buy a sticker through the official Crit’Air websiteThe site offers an English language option.

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