Thursday, 6 April 2017

New Environmental Rules for France

Driving to France this Easter you may face a fine of £117 (Euros 135.00) if you fail to display a car sticker giving the vehicle’s emissions.
As of yesterday, all drivers who visit Paris, Lyon and Grenoble must show the certificate on their windscreen, which states the vehicle’s age, engine size and the level of dangerous gases it emits. The new environmental rules also mean cars more than 20 years old will be banned from driving through the three French cities altogether on certain days.
The stickers, which can only be bought from the official French government website certificat-air.gouv.fr, cost €4.80 each – around £4.10 – including postage to the UK. Even after applying, Britons face a six-week wait for it to arrive. The French government says anyone whose sticker does not arrive in the post before their holiday should print off a copy of the confirmation email of their purchase to show to police, if stopped. Vehicles deemed too polluting – including all petrol and diesel cars registered before January 1, 1997 – will be banned from the cities entirely between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday.