Drivers in the French cities of Paris, Lyon and Grenoble are now required to display a sticker showing their vehicles’ emissions ratings. The deadline for the purchase of the window screen stickers, Crit’Air vignettes, was the 1 April.
People driving vehicles without Crit’Air stickers now face on the spot penalties ranging between €68 (£58) and €135 (£115). RAC spokesperson Simon Williams noted that Britons travelling by car to any of these three cities in France would need to pre-apply for the stickers.
Mr Williams explained that the vignettes cost €4.80 (£4.00) from the official Crit’Air website, but there had been reports of third-party websites charging significantly more for the same thing. He said drivers could find out what their vehicle’s clean-air quality ranking was on the same website.
The certificates come in six different categories. Tier one is green and given to electric and hydrogen-driven vehicles. The following categories are allocated to vehicles depending on when they were made and whether they have petrol or diesel engines.
Level 6 is black and applicable to pre-1997 cars, motorcycles registered before June 2000 and lorries and buses built prior to the 1 January 2001. Vehicles too old to get stickers are not allowed on the roads of the three cities on weekdays between 08:00 and 20:00.
The RAC said last month that around 10 per cent of the four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles currently registered in Paris were old and would be affected by the ruling. The RAC also stated that more than 20 other French cities were debating whether to introduce Air Quality Certificate systems.