|There is a single Low Emission Zone operating in the Ruhr area, covering 820 km², covering the towns of: Bochum, Bottrop,
Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen,
Herne, Herten, Mühlheim, Oberhausen, and Recklinghausen.
There are also other separate LEZs in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Please see further information on an Ruhr LEZ as well as for each city separately (see each city under the left hand menu).
Dates and Standards
* From January 2013
- Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Yellow Sticker
* From July 2014
- Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker
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
What is the LEZ boundary
For the whole Ruhr area LEZ:
Key: Green area=LEZ, grey lines = exempted motorways, blue area=air quality management area
LEZ Road sign
Need to Register? National
A sticker must be bought and displayed in the windscreen - see National Scheme. 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.
Foreign vehicles are also enforced and are required to buy a sticker. Foreign vehicles emissions are taken primarily by vehicle age, as show in in this table
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 retrofitting section.
Hours of operation
Permanent, 365 days a year.
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.
The penalty for driving or parking your vehicle without valid sticker is 80€
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
Stickers similar to those used in Germany, and mutually accepted, exist also in the Czech Republic.
Additional local Exemptions
Local name for an LEZ
Herten city website