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.