Thousands of fleet drivers could be falling foul of
European legislation when driving across the English Channel this year for
their summer holidays, according to LeasePlan.
The vehicle leasing and fleet management company has
reminded drivers not to fall foul of individual European countries driving laws
when travelling overseas.
Alongside brushing up on the rules and regulations of
driving overseas, drivers are now required to display a Crit’ Air sticker on
their windscreen when driving through the French capital, Paris, and other
major cities. Without it, drivers could face fines of up to £117.
The French government rolled out The Air Quality
Certificate, dubbed ‘Crit’Air’ last year, with stickers indicating how much NOx
a vehicle produces and allowing officials to monitor the amount of pollution in
major cities, giving them the ability to stop higher category cars from
entering on high emission days.
There are six categories that vehicles are ranked by
depending on their air pollutant emissions from the cleanest (100% electric and
hydrogen vehicles) at 0, to the highest polluting pre-2006 diesel vehicles.
However, not all diesel cars will be ranked in the high polluting categories;
diesels registered since 2011 will rank at level 2, equal to Euro4 petrol cars
(registered from 2006 to 2010).
The legislation means that not only must drivers of
leased vehicles notify their leasing company, at least four weeks prior to
travel, to obtain a Vehicle on Hire (VE103) certificate - in lieu of a vehicle registration
certificate (V5C) - and a letter giving written permission needed to drive
their car overseas, but they must know the European Emissions Standard of their
vehicle in order to apply for a Crit’ Air sticker at: https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/
Matthew Walters, head of consultancy services at
LeasePlan UK, said: “With the growing popularity of leasing in the UK, 49% of
in 2017 for fleet, we believe thousands of motorists could be falling foul of
European legislation when driving across the channel this year.
“We recommend that drivers, whether they lease or own
their vehicle, apply for a Crit’ Air sticker well in advance of their date of
travel so they don’t run the risk of driving without one.
“The difference between Euro6 and earlier diesels is one
that’s rarely made. In many ways, proposed policies, such as this, will
actually be good for diesel motorists. At the moment the UK is absolutely CO2
focused, it is encouraging to see more governments recognising the steps needed
to tackle NOx emissions to improve the air quality and bring about the future
of clean transport and responsible cities.”
LeasePlan suggests for those motorists planning a summer
road trip to be advised of the checks and equipment they are required to carry
under European Union laws, especially for those who lease cars where extra
steps need to be considered before driving off into the sun.
LeasePlan’s eight-point checklist for British motorists
driving in Europe this summer is:
for a Crit’ Air sticker well in advance of date of travel to avoid running the
risk of driving without one.
the leasing provider about taking the vehicle abroad in advance to obtain a
vehicle-on-hire certificate (VE103). All drivers who own their vehicle must be
able to produce a V5 vehicle document (logbook).
European breakdown cover is in place.
giving car a maintenance check before heading off to help improve fuel economy
and avoid any preventable accidents.
travelling for business or pleasure, fully comprehensive insurance is essential
for all drivers.
up and ensure compliance with each country’s individual driving laws. For
example, France has banned satellite navigation devices that are capable of
detecting speed cameras and it’s compulsory for all cars to carry a warning
triangle, a high-visibility safety vest, spare light bulbs, and display GB stickers
or have a number plate with a European Union logo.
driving licence and passport are valid and up-to-date.
with children? Check the safety and compliance rules on car seats for each
country before you set off.
information is available from the AA at: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/compulsory_equipment.html