The second smallest independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia introduced the green environmental zone on 1 January 2012. Together with Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mülheim, Oberhausen, Recklinghausen, Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herten and Herne, Bottrop forms the joint Ruhr Area Environmental Zone.
Name of the environmental zone: Environmental Zone Bottrop – Germany
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-01-2012
Type of environmental zone: Permanent
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicle class: car, motorhome (M1), bus (M2, M3), van (N1), truck (N2, N3)
Fuel type: all
Euronorm: 0-3 (diesel), 0 (petrol, LPG)
Sticker/registration/application: Entry only with sticker (green)
Fines: 80 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The environmental zone encompasses the areas Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mülheim, Oberhausen, Recklinghausen, Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herten and Herne.
Special features: Retrofitting allowed: yes (PM)
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Bürgerdienste: email@example.com, Phone: +49 (0)231/50-13331
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
Do I need stickers or registrations?
How do I recognize the low emission zone?
Are there other low emission zones in Germany?
Yes, a lot of them. With over 80 different environmental zones, Germany has one of the most in Europe.
In our Green Zones App we have gathered together all the low emission zones in Europe and presented them clearly.
Is there a sticker for electric cars?
What advantages do I have with an E-sticker?
The E-sticker gives you various advantages. Depending on the municipality, there are various advantages, such as the use of bus lanes, free parking on the road and at electricity charging points, as well as the possible use of otherwise closed roads.
Do I need a green environmental sticker despite the E-sticker?
Yes, every car, no matter whether it is being driven on with petrol, diesel or electricity, requires a green environmental sticker according to the law. The E-sticker also entitles you to additional advantages over non-electric vehicles. The 35th BImSchV does not provide a separate paragraph for electric vehicles, which regulates them as an exception. Therefore: If an electric vehicle drives into a green environmental zone without a green sticker, a fine of 80 € + approx. 25 € handling fee must be expected.
Good to know...
All current driving bans and further information are available in our Green-Zones App.
According to a study, the zones cursed by many motorists (there are over 300 in Europe alone) are real life-savers and save millions of euros that would otherwise have been spent on medication.
The trend continues: more and more cities are trying to make parts of their urban areas car-free.
In Wuppertal, the use of low-emission vans is being promoted.
It is official: no driving bans in the cathedral city.
Sweden is the first European country to ban all combustion engines.
An eco lane is currently being built in the city centre of Hesse.
Motorcyclists stick together and defend themselves against the new noise protection zone Außerfern in Tyrol.
More and more cities are trying to transform their inner cities into traffic-calmed zones. Newest member in the list: the Austrian capital.
Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen - they all have already set up the so-called eco lanes or at least are firmly in planning. Now the metropolis of Lyon in France is venturing to follow the German "light" diesel driving bans.