Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Offenbach, Mainz and Darmstadt in Hessen have agreed on the same exemptions for the LEZ. They accept the granted exceptions mutually.
There are general exemptions for the LEZ that are regulated by the German law.
And there are special exemptions that are regulated by the individual city.
For Frankfurt these are:
- vehicles in examination, trial or transfer journeys with temporary license plates, with red numberplate according to § 16 Vehicle Licensing Regulation (FZV) or export license in accordance with § 19 FZV.
- vehicles with which people are transported, having an orange parking permit for special groups of severely disabled persons in accordance with § 46 para. 1 no. 11 road traffic regulations and this needs to be displayed behind the windshield.
- pretest and test vehicles in accordance with § 70 para. 1a or § 19 para. 6 of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations.
Under particular conditions, exemptions for a single journey can be paid for. In order to be able to apply for these, the vehicle is not able to be retrofitted and the replacement by a less polluting alternative vehicle is not economically feasible. ‘Not economically viable’ will be tested by the limits set in the Enforcement law of the civil process order (ZPO), the accepted income limits that are required to live.
The income limits are set as:
With no dependants: 1130,00 € per month
With one dependent person 1560,00 € per month
With 2 dependent people 1820,00 € per month
With 3 dependent people 2110,00 € per month
With 4 dependent people 2480,00 € per month
With 5 dependent people 3020,00 € per month
The trips for which exemptions can be applied for are:
* Trips that can not be postponed, such as travel by motor home, regular medical treatment (dialysis, etc.), shift work where public transport is not available at the start or finish times,
* Vehicles to bridge a period of maximum 6 months due to the waiting time in the delivery for an ordered vehicle or retrofit (order must be proved).
*Trips with vehicles that were first registered over 27 years old, and where the informal opinion of an automotive expert is that they are in a state of preservation that would enable the vehicle to be recognised as a vintage car with an ‘H’ numberplate, and they are at least 30 years old
* Trips with tour buses where retrofitting would invalidate the manufacturer's warranty
* Trips to supply the population with essential goods and services such as elevator emergency services, transportation of blood, doctors, patient with periodic emergency services, elimination of damage to buildings, etc.,
* Trips to maintain production processes, e.g. repair of operating machinery, trips by special vehicles (heavy duty trucks, mobile cranes, concrete mixers, etc.), provided they are not registered as automatic work machines,
* Fairground rides to and from events in the Green Zone,
* Special vehicles with high acquisition or retrofitting costs and low mileage in the environmental area, such as heavy duty trucks, mobile cranes and similar vehicles, unless approved as machinery,
* Trips with special vehicles that represent a business idea or are directly used as a sales outlet, such as London taxi, icecream sales vehicle, historic cars for weddings or city tours, market sales vehicles and special vehicles for filming.
These exemptions are listed for your guide only. They are not officially translated, and are current as of winter 20015/16. The original on the city/regional/national website is the only accurate source.