Does your motorcycle need an emissions sticker to go to France?

France’s Crit’Air system has been around for a while now, but it is still worth checking out whether you require a sticker or not. 

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British motorists are being warned that they face fines for not displaying Crit’Air vignettes when travelling through France.

France introduced its Crit’Air system back in 2017, and its purpose is to restrict the access of high-polluting vehicles from the most critical areas, which mostly are high-population towns and cities. Paris was the first city to become a restricted traffic area. 

The system applies to both cars and motorcycles, and different stickers are given to different emissions levels for a vehicle, while some vehicles don’t need a sticker at all.

For example, a diesel passenger car with Euro1 certification or lower will not be granted a sticker, but the same is true for motorcycles of Euro5 certification or higher. Obviously, a Euro1 is deemed as a vehicle which pollutes too much to be in the areas France has targeted with its Crit’Air system, while the Euro5 motorcycles are on the opposite end of the scale. 

Of course, Euro5 is still a relatively new standard for motorcycles, and most people will be riding bikes between Euro3 and Euro4, in which case a yellow or purple, respectively, sticker is required. 

Electric and hydrogen vehicles - whether two- or four-wheeled - all qualify for the top-rated, green sticker, and therefore have access to preferential parking and traffic conditions. 

The cost of a Crit’Air vignette is actually quite low at £3.65 per vehicle including postage. In comparison, the fine for missing a Crit’Air sticker when you need one can be in excess of £100.

If you are planning on travelling to or through France in the near future, you can apply for one on the official website of the Crit’Air vignette, here.

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