Gelsenkirchen, with an area of 104.94 km2 and a population of just under 260,000, is a major city in the central Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Ruhr area environmental zone, introduced in 2012, covers the areas of Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Mülheim, Oberhausen, Recklinghausen, Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herten and Herne in addition to Essen.
Name of the environmental zone: Environmental Zone Gelsenkirchen – 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): Trucks of types N1, N2 and N3 and busses of types M2 and M3 that do not fulfill Euro Norm 4 as well as cars and mobile homes <3,5 t of type M1 that do not fulfill the Euro Norm 4.
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.
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Bürgerdienste: email@example.com, Phone: +49 (0)231/50-13331
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
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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.
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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.
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