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Vignette Crit’Air: what you need to know before traveling to France

The Crit'Air sticker is mandatory for driving in low mobility emission zones.

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Like cars registered in France, motorists with a vehicle with a foreign license plate, including Belgians, must have a Crit’air sticker to drive, explains La Voix du Nord .

The vehicles are classified from 1 to 6, according to their CO2 emissions. In the event of episodes of heavy pollution, certain categories of cars may be banned from circulation.

This is the case in the Lille metropolis where pollution peaks are regularly observed. “The Crit’Air sticker for a vehicle with a foreign registration can be checked by the police”, mentions Service-public.fr. In short, you are subject to the same rules as French drivers, under penalty of a fine of 68 euros.

To receive your Crit’Air sticker, you must go to the website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition to order it. It costs 3.11 euros. Please note: an additional 1.40 euro for postage is added to this price. You will need your gray card. After this step, you will have a form to fill out with the country of registration, the category of vehicle, or even the source of fuel. Then, the sticker is sent to the address mentioned on the gray card. You will then receive an invoice by email. In the event of an inspection, this can be used as proof, pending your future vignette.

The Crit’Air sticker (air quality certificate) classifies vehicles according to their polluting emissions of fine particles and nitrogen oxides. The Crit’Air sticker is mandatory for driving in low mobility emission zones established by local authorities or for driving when the prefect introduces differentiated traffic during pollution episodes.

In Paris, in recent days, differentiated traffic has authorized only vehicles with a Crit’Air sticker 0, 1 and 2 to circulate in the French capital.

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