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Low Emission Zones in Germany and France. Air quality schemes Paris

German cities and Paris in Low Emission Zone schemes or congestion and pollution charges

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How to apply for Air Quality Certificates in Paris France and how to buy an Emission Zone sticker for cities in Germany.

More and more countries and cities are introducing various schemes to reduce the high levels of pollution being caused by vehicles in urban areas. You can follow the links to find out more about these schemes and how to avoid falling victim to the fines being imposed.

In most cases this involves pre-registering your vehicle online to ensure you have either a window sticker showing the vehicle meets certain standards, or setting up an online account to charge your vehicle for time spent in a congestion or pollution zone.

We currently provide information on doing this for France and Germany, and will soon be offering help and links to enable you to easily do the same for other countries. We are aware that Italy now has schemes as does Antwerp in Belgium. Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden both have a congestion/pollution charge. If you intend to visit these locations, keep an eye on this page for updates over the next few weeks.

Please note that French vignettes are only valid in French cities and German vignettes are only valid in German cities.

Our personal opinion is that although we support any attempt to improve the environment, the schemes are currently badly thought out. It is not easy for drivers from other countries to find anything out about them, and we guess many drivers will find themselves in breach of the regulations through ignorance. The solution, it seems to us, is a Europe-wide scheme where stickers can be obtained in any country and would be valid throughout the EU.

All information on this page is provided as a service to our clients. It is intended as a guide to the more important rules for the different countries to which we offer driving holidays. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document. We try and keep the information on this page up-to-date, but we cannot be held responsible in any way for any consequences arising from any inaccuracies. If you find a mistake or would like to send us some additional information, please email us. Your co-operation is appreciated.

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