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The vehicle stickers you need to buy before driving in Paris

PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:40 28 April 2017

French Crit'Air stickers you need when driving in Paris © Archant

French Crit'Air stickers you need when driving in Paris © Archant

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Several French cities have introduced Crit’Air stickers for all vehicles, including foreign vehicles – this is all you need to know about them and where to buy them so you avoid a hefty fine

Several French cities have introduced ‘clean air’ windscreen stickers in an attempt to reduce pollution. All drivers (including foreign drivers) in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble must now display these Crit’Air stickers on their windscreen or risk a fine of up to €135.

Why have these measures been introduced?

These measures are an attempt to reduce pollution in major French cities and come after several spikes in air pollution levels in Paris since last October, which led to traffic restrictions and free rides on public transport. On days when the cities are at risk of reaching their air pollution limit the authorities can stop certain vehicles entering the city based on the Crit’Air sticker on their windscreen.

The stickers are the idea of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and form part of a wider initiative that also includes traffic-free streets – like the newly opened pedestrianised right bank in Paris – and curbs on heavy-goods vehicles.

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Who has to have a sticker?

All vehicles entering Paris, Lyon and Grenoble have to display a Crit’Air sticker, even foreign drivers.

How do I know what sticker I need?

There are six different stickers, ranging from green for clean electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles to grey for diesel vehicles, the biggest polluters. Furthermore, vehicles registered before 1997, as well as pre-2000 scooters and motorbikes, will be banned from Paris between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday.

You can work out which sticker applies to your vehicle on the Crit’Air website

The Crit Air sticker classifications for cars © Archant The Crit Air sticker classifications for cars © Archant

How do I get a sticker?

Once you know which sticker you need you can order it online for €3.70 plus postage (so for foreign drivers in the EU and Switzerland this is €4.80). You will have to upload an image or scan of your vehicle registration certificate in jpeg, png or pdf format and not more than 400KB in size.

What happens if I don’t buy one?

Those caught driving a vehicle in these cities without a sticker will face fines of between €68 and €135 (roughly £58-£117).

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