The so-called Kennzeichnungsverordnung" (Vehicle Registration Regulation) came into effect in Germany on 1 March 2007. This law enable cities and municipalities to set up environment zones if the emission threshold values for fine particles are exceeded. These measures are intended to ensure cleaner air in inner city areas and other densely trafficked areas by only allowing vehicles with the proper sticker to drive in these zones.
In this way Germany implements EU Air Quality Directive 1999/30/EC.
Driving in a designated environment zone without a valid sticker or exemption permit is an administrative offence and since 1 May 2014 carries a cash fine of EUR 80.
The Vehicle Registration Regulation stipulates uniformly throughout Germany the registration of passenger and commercial vehicles according to their particle emission (fine particles emission) and allocates the vehicle to pollutant groups. This law enables cities and municipalities to set up environment zones if the emission threshold values for fine particles are exceeded. These measures are intended to ensure cleaner air in inner city areas and other densely trafficked areas by reducing fine particle pollution.
There are four distinct pollutant emission categories. The higher the category, the lower the fine particle emission. Passenger cars, trucks and busses may be banned from certain zones. Motorcycles and three-wheeled motor vehicles are exempt, as well as other vehicles with special status (e.g. working machines, vintage cars and disability vehicles).
Vehicles registered in other countries are classified on the basis of their initial registration date. Vehicles registered in Germany are classified as per the model and type number shown on the vehicle registration certificate.
You can look up more information and the exact allocation tables for your vehicle in various languages at the "Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure".
Information for vehicles registered in Germany
Information for vehicles NOT registered in Germany
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