PARIS DRIVERS FACE FINES IN CRACKDOWN ON POLLUTION
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.