UK tourists in France this summer face £115 fine for breaking 'new law'

UK tourists in France this summer face a £115 fine for "not complying" with a "new law" which was introduced earlier in 2024. European Union holidaymakers are being warned to follow new rules and regulations regarding emissions on vehicles.

Darren Miller, a spokesperson from BigWantsYourCar said: “The introduction of new laws in 2024, particularly the ban on diesel vehicles entering the Parisian zone, represents a significant step towards combating air pollution and promoting cleaner transportation.

“With fines increasing to €135 (£115) for non-compliant trucks, these regulations underscore the urgency of transitioning to more environmentally friendly vehicles.” Darren commented: “The Crit'Air system in France plays an important role in reducing harmful vehicle emissions, especially in densely populated areas.

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“Displaying the appropriate Crit'Air sticker on your vehicle not only ensures compliance with clean air laws but also helps mitigate air pollution, contributing to public health and environmental sustainability." Darren added: "Clean air zones are designed to restrict vehicle access based on their emissions levels, aiming to improve air quality and public health. Cars registered before January 1997 and certain motorcycles face restrictions and cannot be driven within these zones."

Darren added: “Paris and its surrounding areas have implemented stringent regulations to combat air pollution, particularly with the recent introduction of more restrictive rules.” It comes as it emerged the river Seine is still failing water quality tests one month before the Paris Olympics when it is scheduled to host the open-water swimming competition and the swimming leg of the triathlon, results revealed on Friday.

The latest tests, completed last week and released by the Paris mayor’s office, showed levels of the E Coli bacteria – an indicator of faecal matter – are far above the upper limits imposed by sports federations. On 18 June, the level of E Coli was 10 times acceptable levels and at no point did it fall below the upper limit of 1,000 colony-forming units per 100 millilitres used by the World Triathlon Federation.