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Paris starts enforcing low emissions zones

From 15th January 2017, those not complying with the low emission zone in Paris will be sent fines of between €68 and €135.

A low emission zone started in Paris on 1st July 2015. From 15th January 2017 the low emission zone will be enforced and a fine will be send for not complying.

Vehicles driving in Paris need to have a ‘Crit’ Air’ sticker, which shows the vehicle emissions. This sticker shows whether the vehicle is allowed to enter Paris. Low emission zone stickers cost €3,70 plus postage.

For vehicles not registered in France, the service for ordering the Crit’Air sticker is available on this website.

In the meanwhile, the European Commission recommends that you have your vehicle papers and proof of Euro standard with you when you travel in Paris to avoid an expensive fine.

You can find the rules for all vehicles here, but these are the rules for motorcyles:

  • From 1 January 2017, Monday to Friday 08:00 – 20:00: motorcycles must be first registered after 1 June 2000 (usually Euro 2) – Crit’Air sticker 4

Euro standards are the main way of classifying vehicle emissions. In many countries this information is on the vehicle registration papers. Otherwise, the vehicle age and type will give a guide to its Euro standards. Low emission zones sometimes use vehicles ages where there is no other information available, as it is a good guide to most vehicles Euro standards, particularly for conventionally fuelled cars.

Written by Wim Taal
Source: European Commission