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    Crit'Air, or CritAir or Critair

    I just read in MMM about whole big chunks of France wanting you to have a Crit'Air sticker. I have been happily driving round France whistling a happy tune not realising I was being illegal. I thought these things were only if you are deranged and want to drive in Paris, or inside the M25, so I never bothered. You can't get to South France without going through a Crit'Air zone which requires you to have a sticker in your windscreen.
    Happily I wasnt subjected to a diet of Frogs legs and snails in a froggie jail though, 'cos they didn't catch me.
    It is simple, and cheap and once you get the sticker it stays with your vehicle for its life.
    Goto certificat-air.gouv.fr/en and use the 'Apply for the certificate' tab. They are ever so considerate, it is all in English. Quick, before we brexit!
    It costs about £4. You scan your reg document showing the VIN and your name and address, and attach it in your application - it is easy.

    What I thought was a laff was this:
    You enter all your details: name/address / vehicle VIN, date of first registration and registration number.
    Then they ask you what Euro it is, so I put 5. which mine is.
    Then an error message comes up, saying your Euro5 doesn't match the vehicle registration date. Which it doesn't.
    So I changed my Euro to 6. The error message disappeared. Jolly good, they are happy with that so I will get a Euro6 sticker, though my engine is Euro5. Tee hee. Apparently if your V5 doesn't show the CO2 emissions, they go by the date of first registration. Therein lies the fault: they are assuming that your vehicle was registered reasonably soon after it was manufactured. So if you happen to get one which is new when Euro6 is current, but yours was made when Euro5 was current, you can send them your V5 not showing the CO2 and they will assume it is a Euro6.
    At least I think I will. They want you to scan your V5 which won't show your emissions because it is registered as a motor caravan and they don't print the emissions on motor caravan V5s. If you really want them to, you can return your V5 with your Certificate of Conformity to DVLA and ask them nicely and the DVLA will print you a new V5 with the emissions.
    So I think I am in with a chance of getting a Euro6 sticker, which will be a jolly wheeze. Only if they don't read the Certificat De Conformite which says Euro5.


    Now. I must remember where I put those Hi Viz jackets, aclo breather things, warning triangle, Rabies injections and all that other stuff they want me to have in France. I'm sure I had them in my last van but they aren't in this one for some reason. That's two trips over there I have done with no CritAir sticker or all that other stuff.
    suivez l'aventure

    #2
    Off with his head!
    Carpe diem! :)

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      #3
      And my headlights dipped to the left because I didn't have any beam deflectors. Oh deary me. However I adjusted them to their lowest setting and didn't get anyone flashing me.
      suivez l'aventure

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        #4
        About to order stickers for the van and car, can't wait for the aggro.

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          #5
          Well that was easier than expected, the van getting a number 3 sticker for Euro 4 engine. Car getting a 2 for a euro 5.

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            #6
            Yup, I got a 2 for a Euro5 as well. Apparently you get some priveliges as well, such as reduced car parking charges, though I guess your French would need to be better than mine to read the notices on the machine. Remember to stick it to the bottom right corner of your windscreen, which of course is their nearside.
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              #7
              I'm off to Europe again soon. I was browsing an RAC site about the requirements for different countries and it didn't say anything about a 1st aid kit in France which I always thought was compulsory?

              I'm off to Sweden via Belgium, Holland and Germany and Denmark so I'm likely to get confused...

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                #8
                Just take the unused first aid kit out of your 1992 Mercedes and put it in the camper. That's what I do.
                suivez l'aventure

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