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Vintage vehicles and ZFE: Soon a Crit’Air “collection” sticker

The derogation granted to vehicles with a “collection” gray card in low-emission zones being on the right track, it remains to be seen how the “old” ones will be identified in traffic. What if it was thanks to a seventh Crit’Air sticker?


The urban destiny of vintage vehicles almost crashed against the wall of the ZFEs, these famous “low emission zones” established to reduce pollution in the city.

Based on the classification of Crit’Air vignettes, the ZFEs have only one reason for being: to gradually ban cars deemed the least virtuous… from the oldest to the most recent.

Thus, it is de facto models registered before 1997 – without any Crit’Air sticker – which are asked to stay at the gates of urban areas. All period vehicles should therefore have been automatically excluded from the ZFE. Fortunately, the intense lobbying carried out by a united front of old-timer federations, led by the FFVE*, has borne fruit: in all the ZFEs already decided on, an exemption is granted to cars over 30 years old, provided they have a collector’s registration document (see also p. 54). This is the case in Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris and in Greater Paris, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulouse, but also in Bordeaux, Grenoble and Marseille… Subsequently, all cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants which put in place an EPZ by 2025 should follow suit. In short, the case is heard.


A distinctive sign under study

According to our information, the only mention “collection” on the gray card should not however be enough to circulate in town. The government wants each old vehicle concerned to be recognizable thanks to a specific sticker. The goal: to differentiate those benefiting from the derogation from the others, in order to facilitate controls. However, this is precisely the role of the Crit’Air vignettes. Hence the idea of ​​creating a new one – the seventh – bearing the letter “C”, like “Collection”. His color ? Nothing is fixed at this stage. So, white? Maybe a little too “pro pet” for old cars. Red ? Already associated with the VTC badge. Blue? Electric connotation. And why not black, like the license plates that cars with a collector’s registration are allowed to display? Let’s put a ticket on this option! What about the cost of this Crit’Air “C”?

No reason for it to be more expensive than the current one. As for the request, it will probably have to be made on the already dedicated official website ( There remains another big question mark: will the government refuse this “pass” sticker to certain young people in their thirties who are particularly polluting? One thinks in particular of the diesels of the beginning of the 1990s, anything but virtuous, which, without that, could be freed from the ZFE and be used on a daily basis in town… To be continued.

* French Federation of Vintage Vehicles.

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