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Dates and Standards

From 1st January 2010 onwards
  • Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker.
Vehicles affected
All diesel vehicles, and petrol vehicles without a closed loop catalytic converter (Euro 1 or equivalent).
All vehicles must have a sticker - see National Scheme below.

What is the LEZ boundary
Berlin Low Emission Zone
interactive map to search for streets.
Berlin postcode map.
Berlin postcode list.

LEZ Road sign
Berlin Low Emission Zone Road Sign

Need to Register? National
A sticker must be bought and displayed in the windscreen - see National Scheme below. This sticker is then valid for all LEZs in Germany.
Proof of emissions standard (given on German vehicle papers) is needed to purchase the sticker. Stickers can be purchased from the vehicle registration, authorities, authorised local garages, vehicle test organisations like TÜV, DEKRA, or some websites.

The LEZ city authorities and other cities also sell stickers, often over the internet – see the individual city for more details. Many hotels in LEZ cities also offer to order the stickers on behalf of their guests, if they receive the requisite documents in advance.
German LEZ stickers can be purchased online for all vehicles in all countries for 12.50€, also in different languages.

Germany also accepts the stickers from Czech Republic.

Need to Register? City
Stickers can also be ordered by email from the vehicle registration authority (kfz-zulassung@labo.verwalt-berlin.de). Please attach a (scanned) copy of your vehicle registration and/or any official document showing the date of entry into service and the type of the vehicle (diesel/petrol, car/lorry). Many hotels in Berlin offer to order the stickers on behalf of their guests, if they receive the requisite documents in advance.

Foreign Vehicles?
Foreign vehicles are also enforced and are required to buy a sticker. Foreign vehicles emissions are taken primarily by vehicle age, as in the table below.

View Foreign Vehicle Table (opens in popup) or in a new page
Retrofitting allowed?:
Yes
Retrofitting Summary
German vehicles need to have a particulate trap certified on behalf of the German government. Local garages can advise on which filters should be used and this page. allows you to find out what particulate filter your German registered vehicle can use - now for heavy as well as light duty vehicles. See also our retrofit page.

Hours of operation
Permanent, 365 days a year.

Enforcement
Manual enforcement by police of sticker in the windscreen. Even if the vehicle meets the emissions standard, if there is no sticker in the windscreen, the vehicle is illegal in the zone.

Penalty
for driving or parking your vehicle without valid sticker: 80€

National Scheme
A National Framework sets out the Emissions Classes and main rules that can be used by cities for LEZs in Germany (see Need to Register?). The cities or regions then decide whether, where and when to do a LEZ, and what emissions standards will be required.

View National Scheme Table (opens in popup) or in a new page

Exemptions: National
Germany Exemptions
Exemptions: City
Berlin exemptions

Local name for an LEZ
Umweltzone

Further Information
More information (in German or English) is available on Berlin’s website. A brochure in other languages can be downloaded, here are the English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish versions (click on the language version you want).

In preparation for the phase 2 of the LEZ to be introduced on the 1.1.2010, exemptions for meeting Euro 4(PM) standard can now be applied for. Further information on the second stage of the LEZ to be introduced on the 1.1.2010 can also be found from this leaflet (currently only available in German).
An interactive more detailed map of the Berlin LEZ can be found here.(instructions in German).

You may also send your questions on the environmental zone by email to umweltzone@senguv.berlin.de.

City website
http://www.berlin.de/sen/umwelt/luftqualitaet/en/luftreinhalteplan/umweltzone_allgemeines.shtml

National website
Germany LEZ website

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