UK drivers could face pollution fines in Paris if they fail to display an anti-pollution sticker in their car's windscreen
19 January 2017

British drivers heading into Paris could be fined for not displaying an anti-pollution sticker as the French capital launches a new scheme to improve air quality.

British drivers heading to Paris on or after 1 April will have to order a sticker online and put it in their car’s windscreen. Any car caught without a relevant sticker will face a €68 (£59) fine.

Called “Crit’Air", the stickers are separated into six categories ranging from zero emissions vehicles to diesel-powered cars, vans and trucks.

A spokesman for the AA said: ‘All British drivers heading to Paris will have to make sure they have the Crit’Air sticker arranged before heading over the Channel. There are no exceptions, so it’s another item to add to your pre-travel checks.’

Any car registered before 1997 is now banned from central Paris between 8am and 8pm on weekdays, which is a softening of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s original position. After opposition from classic car owners, this restricted access has been agreed. The same applies to scooters and motorcycles made before 2000 and trucks and buses built prior to 2001.

This means the whole of Paris inside the Périphérique ring road is now a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) similar to that within the M25 for London.

A spokesman for the Mayor of London’s office said: ‘Air pollution in large cities is a serious health issue and must be dealt with in a variety of ways. LEZs are an effective way of managing this, though there are no plans to introduce a Parisian-style sticker scheme in London.’

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “UK motorists travelling to Paris need to be aware of the new anti-pollution sticker system, as it also applies to foreign vehicles. Anyone caught without a sticker risks a fine of between €68-135, although police may be lenient in the early days.

“Stickers only cost around £3.50 to buy, but the website is currently only in French which could mean that stickers will not be sent to UK addresses. We believe an English-language site will be in operation next month, but in the meantime UK car visitors to France may well be left in motoring limbo.

For anyone travelling to Paris or other parts of Europe where driving carnets are required, you can check what’s needed to stay legal here.

Alisdair Suttie

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19 January 2017
So, the sticker is going to clean the air in Paris up? wonderful....stinking hell hole that it is. Full of rude people and terrorists - who wants to go there anyway?
This is just another revenue generator for les Flics to extract euros from Les Rosbif!

19 January 2017
If only VW had thought of that rather than spending millions on special software, they could have avoided the big fines!
Why has no one thought of a sticker before? Does it work the same as the ones you used to get from the dentist when you were a child?


19 January 2017
Hilarious ;-)

I think we should all adopt them right away...problem solved.

19 January 2017
Banning older petrol cars will not improve the situation, it merely displaces it by hastening the scrapping of perfectly serviceable old cars and the hugely energy-intensive (and polluting) manufacture of new ones. Drivers of older diesel cars might not be able to buy new - but buying a petrol model of equivalent age would help.

19 January 2017
And does this mean you will never see a classic car during daylight hours in Paris again? Sad times.

19 January 2017
I thought a dented mk1 Clio or Twingo was the perfect car for traversing Paris - small, nimble, light, narrow enough to get through city streets. Now banned. They'd rather you take a Renault Capture or Jamjar.

19 January 2017
Why don't they ban VW cars from being sold in france then..??? Why didn't france ask VW/Germany why they thought it was OK to poison french citizens rather than penalize it and other countries private citizens/motorists. Is Germany or VW going to compensate France or any other country? then why should the private motorist pay for any pollution issues when the manufacturers does not pay or feel that they need to atone for any wrong doing. As per usual it's the private citizens that gets treated like a scapegoat.

19 January 2017
If only they insisted German tanks needed these stickers in 1940 they could have saved the world alot of grief.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

19 January 2017
We pay ministers to invent our new taxes. For that they are creative.

19 January 2017
Mexico City has announced its latest plan to reduce pollution from cars, it has ordered over one million bananas from Brazil, car owners on every other day, will have to shove a whole banana up there car exhaust, therefore stopping any exhaust gases escaping. Job done.

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