A public consultation on this closed on 16 December 2016 and a statutory consultation is now due.
Vehicles that are deemed too polluting to fit into any of the bands – which includes petrol and diesel-powered cars registered before 1997 – will not be granted a sticker at all and are therefore banned from Paris during certain times.
You may have heard the stereotypes, about haughty French waiters, pervasive cigarette smoking and smelly cheese. Centuries of history have shaped France’s rich heritage, and the buildings speak volumes: from the medieval city of Carcassonne to the Renaissance chateaux of the Loire Valley, and the magnificent 19th century Haussmann boulevards in Paris.
To put the record straight: the waiters are formal rather than friendly, smoking is on the decline, and strong cheeses are decidedly optional. You can imagine scenes of the Belle Epoque at the Moulin Rouge as vividly as World War II battles at Omaha Beach in Normandy.
Paris followed suit with mandatory stickers and potential fines from Monday, with mayor Anne Hidalgo determined to reduce pollution in the capital by restricting access for old cars and lorries.
A total of 22 other French towns are also mulling over introducing the emissions certification system by 2020, which would ultimately make applying for a sticker almost a necessity if you're planning to drive to France from the UK for holidays.
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Cars registered abroad will only be allowed to drive into the centre of the French capital without one until March 31 and a sticker will cost around £3.20 each (€3.70) – or £3.60 (€4.18) including postage. Grenoble and Lyon have already introduced the Crit'Air scheme from 1 January 2017, which splits vehicles into six different groups depending on their Euro Emissions standard.
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London has plans in place for an ultra low emissions zone, which will also hit cars seen as the most polluting - and older vehicles - in the area currently within the Congestion Charge zone.
The ULEZ will operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and come into force in September 2020. Plans have also been consulted on to extend this out to the wider London area too, potentially limiting cars within the bounds of the North and South Circular.