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Driv­ers in Paris must now dis­play an anti-pol­lu­tion sticker on their wind­screen or be fined, in the lat­est at­tempt to com­bat air pol­lu­tion in the city.

The Crit’air stick­ers – a play on words of ‘cri­te­ria’ and ‘air’ – ap­ply to cars, lor­ries, mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers. There are six dif­fer­ent stick­ers, rang­ing from green for clean elec­tric and hy­dro­gen-pow­ered ve­hi­cles to grey for diesel ve­hi­cles, the big­gest pol­luters.

Ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered be­fore 1997, as well as pre-2000 scoot­ers and mo­tor­bikes, will be banned from the city from Mon­day to Fri­day be­tween 8am and 8pm.

The mea­sures, which also ap­ply to for­eign driv­ers, come af­ter sev­eral spikes in smog lev­els in the city since last Oc­to­ber, which led to traf­fic re­stric­tions and free rides on pub­lic trans­port. The stick­ers are the idea of Paris mayor Anne Hi­dalgo and form part of a wider ini­tia­tive that also in­cludes traf­fic-free streets and curbs on heavy-goods ve­hi­cles.

The gov­ern­ment has or­dered around 2.5 mil­lion stick­ers, which can be bought on­line for just over €4 each. Driv­ers face fines rang­ing from €68-€135 for not dis­play­ing one.

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