Low emission zone; application for an exemption from the driving ban

Without a suitable environmental badge, you may only drive in environmental zones if your vehicle has been exempted from the traffic ban or an exemption permit has been issued.

Description

The exemption must be applied for at the responsible cities with low emission zones (Munich, Augsburg, Neu-Ulm and Regensburg) (see "Forms"). Under "Further links" you will find detailed information on the requirements and necessary documents when applying for an exemption.

The exemption is valid for a maximum of one year. It can be extended or reissued under certain conditions.

The exemption is only valid for the low emission zone of the city in which it was applied for.

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.

Prerequisites

You can only obtain an exemption if

  • your vehicle was registered to you before 1 November 2007 (without sticker) or before 1 January 2010 (red and yellow sticker),
  • a technical retrofit is not possible,
  • you do not have any alternative vehicles registered in your name and
  • a replacement is not economically reasonable, or
  • you are a resident or a tradesman with a company headquarters in the low emission zone.

If all these general requirements are met, you can obtain an exemption for certain journeys, for example:

  • Journeys of vehicle traffic in the public interest
  • journeys in important individual cases

Required documents

  • Request for derogation
  • Registration certificate part I (for newer vehicles) or vehicle registration document (for older vehicles)
  • Certificate of technical non-retrofitting

    You can obtain this, for example, from technical inspection organisations (TÜV, DEKRA, GTÜ, KÜS, GTS, FSP). It is valid for one year, but does not replace an exemption permit.

  • Proof of the economic unreasonableness of a replacement purchase

    z. e.g. in the case of traders; reasoned opinion of a tax advisor or auditor that a replacement purchase would jeopardise your existence.

  • For classic cars without an H registration plate that are older than 30 years:

    • Vintage car certificate (in accordance with § 23 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations) or
    • corresponding certificate from an AU workshop or technical inspection organisation that such a certificate exists.

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag für eine Ausnahmegenehmigung zum Befahren der Umweltzone der Landeshauptstadt München
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Erteilung einer Ausnahmegenehmigung zum Befahren der Umweltzone der Stadt Neu-Ulm
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Erteilung einer Ausnahmegenehmigung zum Befahren der Umweltzone der Stadt Augsburg
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Erteilung zum Befahren der Umweltzone von Regensburg
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • Depending on the city or district, different fees or costs are incurred (between 10 and 200 euros). The fees depend on the duration of validity as well as on private or economic use. The exact fees can be found on the websites of the cities of Munich, Augsburg, Neu-Ulm and Regensburg (see "Further links").

    Additional costs are incurred for a certificate stating that a vehicle cannot be retrofitted.

    If the application is formally rejected, the same fee must be paid as for a permit.

Status: 20.08.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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