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Ihave tried to understand the regulations regarding Crit’air, particularly for Grenoble’s area.i am led to believe that blue badge holders (disabled drivers) are exempt from the scheme. Would you know if this is correct?
We are travelling to northern Provence, so, being a disabled driver, I need to know if I need the certificates or not in time to apply via the interminable French paperwork. Name supplied
Mary Hall, a property manager in Lot ([email protected]) replies: To combat pollution, French legislation requires vehicles (including foreignregistered vehicles) to have an Air Quality Certificate sticker on the windscreen (or on the forks of motorbikes), if they are to be driven in any of the ‘ zones à circulation restreinte’ (ZCR) or ‘ zones de protection de l’air’ (ZPA). The aim of the stickers is to enable the authorities to identify and exclude the worst polluting vehicles, especially during peaks of air pollution. There are currently (August 2018) 28 zones defined all over France, and restrictions are being tightened all the time; permanently in the big cities and on peak pollution days in other areas. All the information including real-time restriction status reports is available in English at crit-air.fr/en.html Crit’air Vignettes or stickers come in six different colours which denote how heavily polluting the vehicle is according to Euroropean emissions standards, from green for the cleanest category 1 to black for the dirtiest. Cars first registered pre-1997 do not qualify for a sticker at all.
Stickers cost €3.11 plus postage, and are easy to order on the official English language site: certificat-air.gouv.fr/en.
Have your log book and credit card ready. The penalty for not displaying the sticker on your car is an on-the-spot fine of €68. The sticker is valid for the life of the vehicle, so it’s definitely worth getting one if you’re driving in France.
Disabled drivers – even those with a parking permit (blue badge) issued in any EU country – still need a Crit’air sticker. However, they are exempt from the traffic restrictions imposed on the worst polluting vehicles on high pollution days.