Environmental badge; acquisition

Only vehicles that meet certain minimum requirements with regard to their pollutant emissions are allowed to drive in the designated environmental zones. To prove this, the vehicle must have a corresponding environmental badge, also known as a fine dust badge.

Description

Since 1 January 2008, several cities in Bavaria have had environmental zones in which driving bans apply to vehicles with particularly high exhaust emissions. In these zones, only vehicles that are marked with an appropriate sticker or that are exempt from the driving ban are allowed to drive.

Four pollutant groups have been defined, three of which are identified by stickers. These environmental stickers must be affixed to the vehicle in a clearly visible position behind the windscreen. In order to ensure a smooth control of the vehicles in the environmental zones, it is recommended to attach them to the right edge of the windscreen.

The environmental badge is valid throughout Germany. Its validity is not limited. If the vehicle is re-registered and the registration number changes, a new sticker is required, as the number on the sticker must match the registration number.

You can obtain the environmental badge from the following offices:

  • Vehicle registration authorities of the independent cities or the administrative districts.
  • Recognised bodies that are permitted to carry out exhaust emission tests (e.g. AU workshops, approved testing organisations such as TÜV Süd, DEKRA, FSP, GTÜ, KÜS).

These bodies determine whether your vehicle can be issued with an environmental badge and, if so, which one. It will then be issued to you.

The following vehicle groups do not require a fine dust sticker in order to drive in the environmental zone:

  • Mobile machines and equipment
  • Working machines
  • Agricultural and forestry tractors
  • Two- and three-wheeled motor vehicles
  • Ambulances and emergency ambulances
  • Motor vehicles in which persons drive or are driven who are exceptionally disabled, helpless or blind and who can prove this by means of the symbols "aG", "H" or "BI" entered in the severely disabled person's identity card in accordance with § 3 Para. 1 Nos. 1 to 3 of the Severely Disabled Persons' Identity Card Ordinance.
  • Vehicles for which special rights can be claimed in accordance with § 35 of the German Road Traffic Act (Straßenverkehrsordnung)
  • Vintage cars (as defined in § 2 No. 22 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance) bearing a registration plate in accordance with § 9 Para. 1 or § 17 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance as well as vehicles registered in another member state of the European Union, another contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Turkey, if they meet equivalent requirements
  • Vehicles belonging to non-German troops of States not party to the North Atlantic Treaty who are in Germany within the framework of military cooperation, insofar as they are used for journeys for urgent military reasons.
  • Civilian motor vehicles used on behalf of the Bundeswehr, insofar as they are used for journeys that cannot be postponed for the fulfilment of sovereign tasks of the Bundeswehr.

Other information:

  • Quads and trikes:
    If your quad is registered as a "motorcycle" or "agricultural and forestry machine", you do not need a sticker. Quads registered as "passenger cars", on the other hand, require a sticker. Trikes are three-wheeled vehicles and as such are not subject to the entry bans in the environmental zone.
  • Buses with tourists:
    Basically, all vehicles that want to drive into the low emission zone need a sticker. This also applies to buses that take tourists to events. If you are based in the low emission zone and can prove that the vehicle cannot be technically retrofitted, you can obtain an individual exemption permit for a period of one year.
  • Motorhomes:
    The same requirements apply to motorhomes as to other motor vehicles: without a sticker, driving in the low emission zone is prohibited.
  • Vintage cars:
    Vintage cars are generally exempt from the driving ban if they bear the vintage car registration plate "H" or the red 07 vintage car registration plate. This also applies to vehicles registered in another member state of the European Union, another contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Turkey if they meet equivalent requirements.
  • Munich blanket exemption:
    There is a blanket exemption for journeys to the Grossmarkthalle via Schäftlarnstraße. In this case, you can drive into the low emission zone without a sticker.

Prerequisites

You will receive an environmental badge for your vehicle if it belongs to one of the pollutant groups 2 to 4:

  • Pollutant group 2: red sticker
    • Diesel vehicles with exhaust emission standard Euro-2 / II.
    • Diesel vehicles with emission standard Euro-1 / I that have been retrofitted with a particulate filter.
  • Pollutant group 3: yellow sticker
    • Diesel vehicles with exhaust emission standard Euro-3 / III
    • Diesel vehicles with Euro-2 / II emission standard that have been retrofitted with a particulate filter.
  • Pollutant group 4: green sticker
    • Diesel vehicles whose particulate emissions do not exceed 5 mg/km
    • Diesel vehicles with Euro-4 / IV, Euro-5 / V and EEV (enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle) emission standards, i.e. vehicles that are particularly environmentally friendly and exceed the Euro-V emission standard (EEV standard is only specified for heavy-duty commercial vehicles).
    • Vehicles with petrol engines from Euro-1 / I (petrol or gas-powered)
    • Vehicles with petrol engines before Euro standard status, but with a regulated catalytic converter (G-KAT), provided they either comply with Annex XXIII StVZO or have been retrofitted with a regulated catalytic converter in accordance with the 52nd Exception VO z. StVZO
    • Vehicles with electric motor

If your vehicle falls into pollutant group 1 (older petrol vehicles before Euro 1 and older diesel vehicles with exhaust emission standard Euro 1 or worse), no sticker can be issued.

The classification of your vehicle into one of the four pollutant groups is based on the emission code numbers that you will find in the vehicle documents:

  • old vehicle registration certificate: digit 1, the fifth and sixth digits
  • new registration certificate part I: field 14.1, the right two digits

Special notes

Unauthorised entry into an environmental zone is an offence against the Road Traffic Act. With the change of the fine catalogue regulation to 01.05.2014, the fine has increased from 40 to 80 euros, but the point in the driving suitability register was dropped.

Required documents

  • Registration certificate Part I or vehicle registration document

Fees

    • at the vehicle registration offices: 5 Euro
    • all other issuing offices have agreed to follow this price

Status: 19.05.2021

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