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In designated environmental zones, only vehicles that are marked with a corresponding fine dust sticker may drive.

In March 2007, the new regulation on the labelling of motor vehicles with a low contribution to pollution came into force.

This regulation is related to the establishment of environmental zones and regulates the marking of vehicles with so-called "fine dust stickers" according to defined pollutant groups. In designated environmental zones, only vehicles that are marked with the corresponding new sticker on the windshield may drive. Environmental zones can be limited to individual pollutant groups. This applies not only to through traffic, but also to the vehicles of residents in environmental zones. The regulation applies to all passenger cars and commercial vehicles, regardless of the type of propulsion (with internal combustion engines - petrol, diesel or gas - and with electric drive). Vehicles registered abroad also require the badge in order to be allowed to enter environmental zones. This labelling of low-emission vehicles is intended to contribute to a reduction in particulate matter pollution, especially in cities.

The badges in the colours red, yellow and green each correspond to a pollutant group:

  • Green Badge = pollutant group 4:

Motor vehicles with the lowest particulate or pollutant emissions, such as vehicles with state-of-the-art diesel technology and all motor vehicles with gasoline engines that have a controlled catalytic converter. In addition, vehicles that are not powered by an internal combustion engine (for example, electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles).

  • Yellow Badge = pollutant group 3:

Diesel cars with emission code numbers (ESN) 30, 31, 36, 37, 42, 44 to 52, 72 as well as diesel commercial vehicles with ESN 34, 44, 54, 70, 71

  • Red Badge = pollutant group 2:

Diesel cars with emission code numbers (ESN) 25 to 29, 35, 41, 71 and diesel commercial vehicles with ESN 20, 21, 22, 33, 43, 53, 60, 61

  • No badge = pollutant group 1:

Vehicles with a lower classification cannot be assigned a badge at all.


  • Mobile machinery and equipment,
  • Machinery
  • agricultural and forestry tractors,
  • two- and three-wheel motor vehicles,
  • ambulances, ambulances with appropriate markings in use for the medical care of the population,
  • motor vehicles with which persons drive or are driven who are exceptionally handicapped, helpless or blind and prove this by the mark "aG", "H", "Bl" in the severely disabled person's card,
  • Vehicles for which special rights according to § 35 road traffic regulations (StVO) can be claimed,
  • vehicles of non-German troops in the context of military cooperation,
  • civilian vehicles on behalf of the Bundeswehr for unpostponable journeys for the performance of sovereign tasks,
  • Classic cars (in accordance with § 2 No. 22 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance -FZV) that carry a license plate in accordance with § 9 (1) or § 17 FZV, as well as vehicles that are registered in another Member State of the European Union, another contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Turkey, if they meet equivalent requirements. The registration plates of vehicles covered by this exception and registered in Germany shall end with an H. In the case of red plates, the number after the distinguishing letter of the registration district begins with 07.

In special, justified cases, the competent road traffic authority (in whose district the environmental zone is arranged) may, on request, grant temporary exemptions from the traffic bans associated with the environmental zone.

Registration certificate Part I (vehicle registration document).


Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

  • §§ 40, 47 Act on the Protection against Harmful Environmental Effects by Air Pollution, Noise, Vibrations and Similar Processes (Federal Immission Control Act - BImSchG),
  • Thirty-fifth Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act (Ordinance on the Labelling of Motor Vehicles with a Low Contribution to Pollution - 35th BImSchV),
  • §§ 41, 45 Road Traffic Regulations (StVO),
  • Ordinance on the Registration of Vehicles for Road Traffic (Vehicle Registration Ordinance - FZV).

Related Links

  • BIMSchG
  • 35. BIMSchV
  • StVO
  • FZV

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