Information about the Crit'Air Vignette
An Eco-Vignette being called Crit'Air was introduced to France on 1st July 2016. The Vignette can be divided in 6 categories and colours, always depending on the year of registration, the energy efficiency, and the vehicle's emission quantity.
Emissions and air pollutants will be reduced in the medium and long term, new and energy efficient vehicles will be promoted, old and polluting vehicles will be withdrawn from traffic little by little. Especially the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and fine dust are supposed to be reduced by means of the Crit'Air Vignette.
The classification of the vehicles' types as there are trucks, buses, passenger cars, and other vehicles of the Crit'Air categories is controlled by a Décret n° 2016-858 from 29.06.2016.
The obligation of having a Crit’Air Vignette in order to drive in the environmental zone in Paris has been introduced on 01.07.2016. Other cities and towns such as Grenoble, Lyon, Lille, Strasbourg and Toulouse followed the same example. The introduction of the Crit’Air Vignette is regulated in their respective decrees. In case of a missing vignette, fines from 68 up to 375 euros are applied. This also applies to vehicles not registered in France.An overview of all environmental zones in France with their different rules is available here.