In Germany, the environmental badge in mandatory!

You can be charged with fines over 100 Euros in 55 environmental zones!

Environmental zones in Germany – Will Diesel restrictions zones come too?

The green environmental badge will not be enough to permit the entrance in the environmental zones for all vehicles anymore!
The environmental badge for fine particles has been introduced in Germany on the 01.03.2007. The obligation of bearing the environmental badge in order to drive in the environmental zones has been introduced for all cars, busses and trucks, independently of the fuel type they use or their permissible total weight. Light two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers are exempted of the obligation of bearing the environmental badge.

The environmental badge for fine particles (also named badge for fine particle in the law) is in three colors declined depending on the norm EURO of the vehicle. The registration number of the vehicle is mentioned on the badge, as well as a stamp mentioning the office of deliverance.
In Germany, a key number specify which vehicle obtains which badge depending on which emission norm. For vehicles registered abroad, this will be specified in a classification table depending on the first date of registration and on the EURO norm of the vehicle.

Please notice, that the green environmental badge will from 2018 not be the only document permitting to drive all the German environmental zones, since diesel restrictions zones or blue environmental zones will be set up. These zones will not be permanent but will be introduced depending on the weather conditions. Thus, it will be necessary to check the rights for each vehicle to drive with a green environmental badge or with a blue environmental badge on the Green-Zones-App in real time.

The environmental badge is mandatory for cars, trucks and busses in the German environmental zones since the 01.01.2008. We give you here an overview about what vehicle can obtain a badge depending on its EURO norm in order to drive in the environmental zones ...
The first environmental zones in Germany have been introduced on the 01.03.2007 in order to reduce the pollution through fine particle in cities and municipalities. From the year 2018, permanent and temporary diesel restrictions zones will be introduced in order to reduce the increasing pollution through nitrogen oxide ...
You will find here practical information about the order process for an environmental badge, about the payment, the delivery time, the validity of the badge and about its fixing on the vehicle, as well as pictures to download ...
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The mere purchase of an environmental badge or vignette in Europe, in itself, is often not enough. In many cases, what matters is the knowledge about which class of which badge or vignette can drive, currently, through which type of environmental zone. More about the real-time information services of Green-Zones here ...

Environmental zones and diesel restrictions in Germany

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The main goal of the 55 environmental zones already introduced in Germany is to protect the inhabitants of the cities and municipalities against the presence of fines particles in the air. Currently, traffic in the environmental zones is only allowed for vehicles bearing a green environmental badge (except in one zone), which means only for vehicles whose criteria meet the prescription of the norm EURO 4 or superior. In this way, German environmental zones are called green environmental zones.

However, an extension of the restriction’s measures shall also consider in the future the emissions of nitrogen oxides. The emissions of nitrogen oxides, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, are as a matter of fact increasing in such a way that the limits fixed by the European Union are constantly exceeded. This could lead to the introduction of blue environmental zones and a blue environmental badge in Germany. It is also possible that cities decide to introduce other traffic restrictions which could for example depend on the EURO norms of diesel vehicles.

The traffic restrictions for diesel vehicles, which will be introduced from the year 2018 in some German cities refer to diesel-restrictions-zones or blue environmental zones which are still to be defined. Diesel vehicles could be then banned permanently or temporary from these zones depending on their emissions rates of nitrogen oxides.

So that the European traffic of busses, transport or tourists keeps an overview in which zone it is allowed to drive depending on the type of fuel, on the vignette category, on the zone and on the day, that in permanent green environmental zones or in temporary diesel-restrictions-zones, the use of the Green-Zones App is absolutely essential. 

The introduction of environmental zones and the obligation of bearing an environmental badge in Germany raises many question for European tourists and transporters. You will find the most important questions in our FAQ ...
Fine particles and other air pollutants, above all those produced by diesel vehicles are the reason why the environmental badge has been introduced in Germany. You will find here more detailed information about the consequences of fine particles and other air pollutants on human health ...
You will find here an overview of the different badge types that are issued by national authorities regarding fine dust, Nitrogen oxides, CO2, Electro mobility and additional environmental matters. You can obtain here the required badges for each country in Europe ...
Green-Zones informs you on more than 40 European websites about the themes fine particles/nitrogen oxides, environment and CO2, that in 20 languages and about the raising traffic restrictions in European countries through the introduction of permanent and temporary environmental zones ...