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Driving in France: €68 fine if you don’t display CritAir anti-pollution sticker

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From Saturday July 1st motorists, including foreign ones, will be subject to a €68 fine if they don’t display their “CritAir” anti-pollution sticker on their cars, whilst driving in certain parts of France.

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But there's no need to panic if you are heading over to Brittany, Normandy, the Charente or in fact most parts of France, The Local reports.

For the moment at least the stickers are only obligatory in Paris and most of the French capital’s surrounding suburbs, Lyon and Villeurbanne in central France and Grenoble in the south east.

Signs on the road side will let you know you are in a Zone of restricted Circulation (ZCR).

However by 2020 they will be obligatory in some 22 towns and cities across the country, so perhaps it’s worth purchasing one now.

The stickers indicate how environmentally friendly the car is according to a colour code. The criteria is based on how old and how polluting the car is.

CritAir stickers were made obligatory in Paris in January, but after a period of grace to allow drivers to purchase them, those without one will now be subject to a €68 fine.

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