As of February this year, France has introduced 'clean air' windscreen stickers, as a legal requirement in three of its major cities (Paris, Lyon and Grenoble but may be expanded to more towns in the future), to identify a vehicle’s emissions levels.
Driving without a France 'clean air' sticker, called a Crit'Air vignette – which costs as little as £3.20 – makes you culpable for an on-the-spot fine of up to £117, if you or your drivers intend to drive into any of these cities. The stickers are available online on the official Crit’Air website but can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered, so please factor this timeframe in when advising drivers and applying for the certificate.
Key points about these stickers: From 31 March 2017;
- All eligible foreign-registered vehicles must display an appropriate sticker, or face a fine, if entering Paris, Lyon or Grenoble To obtain a sticker!
- Please be aware some other sites are offering stickers that are non-official and more expensive, so AVM advise to use the above site only Stickers can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered Fines of between €68 and €135 (between £59 and £117) are in place
For more information about these stickers please visit the following RAC website which goes into more detail https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities.
Summary: Adept's Sales Director Mark Pedley said "On top of the word's global warming challenges with vehicles the UK Goverment has been forced to take tougher measures to target diesel and petrol drivers after losing a case against environmental campaigners Client Earth over breaches of EU emmissiion standards.
Short term, medium and long term objectives will be implemented by the Government and thier Councils. With short and medium term instead of introducing pollution taxes, councils will be urged to improve the flow of traffic with measures such as removing speed bumps to prevent cars slowing down and speeding up as this is proven to double the amount of harmful exhaust emission. Other options which are expected to be put forward include better sequencing of traffic lights, 60 mph speed control on motorways and also the above French idea of drivers showing their vehicle emissions on a windscreen sticker could enhance driver emission awareness.
The Public Sector 'grey fleet' (Drivers using their own cars on business/mileage allowance) continues to be huge cost and emission burden for the UK Government! In 2018 we will see significant Government introductions of emission reduction planning. Mileage allowance could be paid not only through the current engine size, the vehicle emissions could become another factor with calculations. We await to see the introduction and impact!"
Pedley added "If you operate a fleet of 5-250 vehicles and are looking to review your emissions policy please contact our award winning company today!"