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  • French city "clean air" Stickers (Crit' Air vignettes)

    • What are the French 'clean air' stickers?
      • The French clean air stickers - called Crit'Air vignettes - are part of a six-category sticker system that applies to all motor vehicles in certain areas to identify what emissions they produce. The stickers will be a requirement from 1st April 2017 for foreign vehicles entering the restricted area in certain French cities.
      • The six categories have six colours that denote how heavily polluting the vehicle is according to its Euro emissions standard, ranging from green for the cleanest, to black for the dirtiest.
    • Why have they been introduced & how does the system work?
      • The vignette, or sticker system has been introduced to reduce the emissions output in larger cities, so on days where certain cities are at risk of reaching their Euro emissions limit, heavily polluting vehicles will be barred from entering the restricted areas.
      • The category of vehicle restricted will depend on the severity of pollutants in the air on any given day.
    • What areas and vehicles do they affect?
      • The stickers are currently in use in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. Maps of the restricted areas for each city are available on the official Crit'Air website.
      • They apply to all road vehicles including motorbikes and affect both French residents and foreign drivers.
    • How much do they cost and where do I buy them?
      • Prices for stickers for foreign-registered vehicles have been set at €4.80 per vignette (as of 1 February 2017).
      • You can apply online for a sticker via the official Crit'Air website. You will need to know your vehicle's European Emissions Standard. This can be found by clicking this link and entering your vehicle make, model, year of registration and fuel type.
      • Important: Some unofficial, third party websites are known to be selling Crit'Air vignettes for more than seven times the rate set by the French government - motorists should ensure they only buy a sticker through the official Crit'Air website. The site offers an English language option.
    • What happens if I don't have one?
      • If you enter a restricted zone with a vehicle not displaying a sticker you are liable to a fine of between €68 and €135 (between £59 and £117).
  • Prohibited Streets

    • Prohibited Street permits are only available for essential business or residential access.   They are issued for the prohibited streets in town before 10am or after 6pm only, except in emergencies or exceptional circumstances.
    • Temporary permits can be requested by telephone but please allow 3 working days to process your application.
    • Applications can also be made for longer term 'disc permits' for those businesses and residents who have reasonable cause for regular access (loading/unloading, removal companies etc).
    • The following streets are prohibited to traffic except by permit:
      • The High Street (6pm-10am).
      • Smith Street (6pm-10am).  No permit required between 6pm and 10am if unloading.
      • Le Pollet (6pm-10am).  Prohibited from La Plaiderie (Moores Hotel).
      • Mansell Street (6pm-10am).
      • Mill Street (6pm-10am).
      • The Strand.
      • La Ruette des Cotils.
      • Rue des Freres.
      • Fermain Lane.  Prohibited to motorcycles, and prohibited to motor vehicles from Le Chalet Hotel to the coast.
      • North Plantation.  The street between North Esplanade and La Tourgand is prohibited to all traffic overnight, between 7pm and 6am, except by permit.  During the day, from 6am to 7pm, vehicles are only permitted to enter for access to off-street parking, un/loading, and access for disabled badge holders to the disabled bay only.
      • High Street via Berthelot Street.
    • pdf icon Prohibited street application form (Businesses) [306kb]
    • pdf icon Prohibited street application form (Resident) [282kb]
    • pdf icon Prohibited street information [476kb]
  • Oversized and Overweight Vehicles, Abnormal Loads and Vehicle Escorts

    • An oversize vehicle is one that exceeds Guernsey's normal restrictions on maximum weight, length or width. Regulations on oversized vehicles
    • An abnormal load means a large or heavy object that overhangs the carrying vehicle.
    • Certain specialized vehicles that exceed any of the limits may be permitted to circulate, with a permit, subject to controls regarding routes and times.
    • Please contact Traffic and Highway Services for further information.
  • Visiting Guernsey with a motorhome

    • Motorhomes are welcome in Guernsey but must comply with certain conditions as set out below.
    • Unfortunately due to the limitations of our roads, touring caravans are not permitted.
    • If you wish to bring your motorhome to Guernsey to be used for overnight accommodation please ensure that:
      • The motorhome is not more than 9.45m long:
      • The motorhome is not more than 2.3m wide (excluding mirrors/indicators
      • the motorhome is booked onto a registered camp site (Les Fauxquets Valley, La Bailloterie, Le Vaugrat or Beaucette Marina); and
      • a motorhome permit has been obtained from the campsite operator.
    • While here you can use your motorhome for touring the Island, but please ensure that your windscreen sticker is attached and you must return to the campsite each night.
    • Visits to the Island are limited to a maximum period of one month.
    • To visit the Island with a motorhome you will need to:
      • Contact the campsite to check availability and make a provisional booking
      • Complete the booking with ferry operator
      • Confirm the booking with the campsite operator
      • the campsite operator will send you two copies of the motorhome permit (one for you and the other for the ferry operator) and a windscreen sticker.
    • Please ensure you are able to produce your permit at the port of departure and on arrival in Guernsey.
    • The window sticker must be displayed at all times whilst the vehicle is on the Island.
  • Planning requirements for locally based caravans & motorhomes

    • Please click here for further information regarding Planning Exemptions (Exemption 22 applies) with regard to parking such vehicles on private land.
  • Importing a caravan or motorhome & driving on Island roads

    • If you are importing a motorhome to Guernsey, it will need to be measured by Traffic & Highway Services (T&HS) staff, at Bulwer Avenue Office prior to being registered if the vehicle is over 7 feet (2.13m) wide (excluding mirrors and indicators). Please contact T&HS on 243400 to arrange this.
    • At present there is no charge for the measuring of vehicles.
    • In order to drive legally on the road any vehicle not currently registered (brand new) must display T Plates (Trade Plates). These can be arranged to be displayed on the vehicle by contacting a local motor sales garage, however, a member of their staff would need to be in the vehicle whilst circulating under their Trade Plate. Any unregistered vehicle not using a Trade Plate would need to be lifted and transported on another vehicle.
    • For vehicles being imported that exceed the local size limits (see Oversize Vehicle Information Leaflet available at ) an application to circulate the vehicle would need to be completed. A permit is then issued with a planned route and movement times (usually only between 9pm & 6.45am) for the vehicle to travel between the storage/parking location and the harbour.
    • Vehicles that exceed 2.5m wide or 9.45 long will also be required to move under escort only. For escort information and fees contact Guernsey Outriders on (01481) 246009.
    • One off permits can be obtained by prior arrangement with Traffic & Highway Services for vehicles under 2.5m wide and 9.45m long to travel to other destinations i.e. campsites for special events. Permits can also be obtained for motorhomes to travel along the coast on a Sunday morning before 6.45am for the purpose of maintaining engine performance.
    • At present there is no charge for the permit.
    • Please contact Traffic & Highway Services on (01481) 243400 for further advice.
  • Trailers (Licence, braking & plate requirements for towing vehicles and trailers)

    • From time to time holders of a driving licence may wish to tow a trailer behind their vehicle. It is important to remember that towing can only be undertaken by holders of an appropriate full category of driving licence or a provisional licence that includes a trailer entitlement (BE, C1E, CE etc) and there is a co-driver present who holds, and has held a full licence including trailer entitlement for a period of at least one year. By way of an example, it is not permissible for someone to tow a trailer when holding only a category B ('car') provisional licence.
    • Towing a trailer will affect the handling characteristics of the towing vehicle and also impact on braking distances. Trailers that exceed 102kg un-laden and/or ½ the kerbside weight of the towing vehicle are required to be fitted with brakes or a permit must be obtained exempting the requirement.
    • Evidence of safe towing limits for the vehicle and trailer will be required to be produced in order to obtain a permit.
    • Trailers are required to be fitted with a plate that details the maximum load imposed on the towing vehicle (maximum gross trailer weight). Traffic and Highway Services also requires the plate to detail the manufacturer's name, trailer type, serial number, number of axles and maximum axle weight.
    • Further guidance is available here: pdf icon Flowchart [435kb].
    • Please contact Traffic and Highway Services for further information.



Escorting oversize vehicles & abnormal loads - hauliers guidelines Escorting oversize vehicles & abnormal loads - service provider guidelines Prohibited street application form (Businesses) Prohibited street application form (Resident) Prohibited street information Flashing light application form Oversize vehicle application form Oversized vehicle approved routes Regulations on oversize vehicles Motorhomes and caravans in Guernsey

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