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An­swers to your ques­tions on dis­abled driv­ers, try­ing be­fore buy­ing and rights of way is­sues

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.

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