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Despite having made five trips to Germany since 2012 in my E39, I’ve only recently become aware of German ‘Environmental Zones’ and the apparent requirement to display an appropriate emissions sticker in the car’s windscreen. This applies to foreign registered vehicles as well.

 

Next May the old Beemer’s off to Berlin, a city which seems to be pretty ‘hot-poop’ on the subject. This next trip is actually the only time it will have entered a major city centre (well, apart from Stuttgart this year  -“I had no idea officer, sorry…”) so I thought I may as well do it properly this time.

 

From initial research on www.berlin.de, being a petrol car registered after January 1993, and Euro 1 or better (I assume), it should be OK for a “Green Sticker” and therefore “access all areas.”

 

But then, there’s plenty of stuff online saying that not much notice is taken of the requirement and that it would be extremely unlikely to be pulled up on it.

 

So, has anyone here had any experience of the system? Have you obtained one of these stickers to enter a German city, or just not bothered?

 

Cheers all.    

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I investigated this a bit when I went to Munich last September.

 

If your car is petrol and fitted with a catalytic converter then you should get a green sticker.

If your car is a Diesel then it depends on which emission standard your car was built to, this is the main target of the sticker system, to get dirty diesels out of the city centres. For Euro I or pre Euro I you get no sticker (can't enter any zones), Euro II get a red sticker, Euro III a Yellow Sticker and Euro IV (from 2006) a Green sticker. 

If you have an older car and it's a classic and in good condition (definition was impossible to find, but basically a significant vehicle in preservation condition) then you don;t get a sticker but are allowed within the zones.

 

You can get them from TUV for €15 + VAT and postage https://www.tuev-sued.de/auto_fahrzeuge/feinstaub-plakette/feinstaubplakette_ausland/england  You need your registration certificate that gives the emissions information.  You can also get them from a TUV SUD service centre for €6.

 

While I was there, I saw no evidence of any checking whatsoever, but I guess the sticker may be designed in such a way that some sort of CCTV system can pick it up.  If you are eligible for a Green sticker, I'd get it just for peace of mind.

 

There is also a similar system now in operation in France, currently I think there are only 4 cities that have implemented  them, but there will be more and I suspect the French may impose them more rigorously, especially on British vehicles!!  You can get them from the Air Quality Certificate Service https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en more info from the RAC at https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities/

 

 

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4 hours ago, dan101smith said:

No experience, but having had a quick scan of the website are they saying that a pre-93 petrol car isn't allowed in (sticker: none)?

My thoughts too Dan.

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4 minutes ago, RichardP said:

I investigated this a bit when I went to Munich last September.

 

If your car is petrol and fitted with a catalytic converter then you should get a green sticker.

If your car is a Diesel then it depends on which emission standard your car was built to, this is the main target of the sticker system, to get dirty diesels out of the city centres. For Euro I or pre Euro I you get no sticker (can't enter any zones), Euro II get a red sticker, Euro III a Yellow Sticker and Euro IV (from 2006) a Green sticker. 

If you have an older car and it's a classic and in good condition (definition was impossible to find, but basically a significant vehicle in preservation condition) then you don;t get a sticker but are allowed within the zones.

 

You can get them from TUV for €15 + VAT and postage https://www.tuev-sued.de/auto_fahrzeuge/feinstaub-plakette/feinstaubplakette_ausland/england  You need your registration certificate that gives the emissions information.  You can also get them from a TUV SUD service centre for €6.

 

While I was there, I saw no evidence of any checking whatsoever, but I guess the sticker may be designed in such a way that some sort of CCTV system can pick it up.  If you are eligible for a Green sticker, I'd get it just for peace of mind.

 

There is also a similar system now in operation in France, currently I think there are only 4 cities that have implemented  them, but there will be more and I suspect the French may impose them more rigorously, especially on British vehicles!!  You can get them from the Air Quality Certificate Service https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en more info from the RAC at https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities/

 

 

Thanks Richard, we seem to be on the same page here.

 

Cheers

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