All motorways within the LEZ area are exemptions.
Additional local exemptions can only be applied for from November 2012. These are:
Exemptions on economic grounds.
When it is not possible to retrofit the vehicle, and purchasing a replacement vehicle that meets the standards is not financially viable. Then under certain conditions an exemption can be applied for.
‘Not financially viable’ is dependent on the income of the registered vehicle owner. The level of income is set by the legal system (the ZPO in German). These are set out below for 2012:
- Monthly income of 930 Euro monatlich, 217.50 Euro weekly or 43.50 Euro daily for a single person.
- 2 060 Euro monthly, 478.50 Euro weekly or 96.50 Euro daily with a dependent person (wife, husband, partner, ex-wife/husband).
- For the next dependent person an additional 350 Euro monthly, 81 Euro weekly or 17 Euro daily.
- For the second to fifth dependent person 195 Euro monthly, 45 Euro weekly or 9 Euro daily.
To apply for an exemption you need a copy of the vehicle papers, proof from the vehicle manufacturer or a mechanic that the vehicle is technically not retrofitable and proof from an accountant (Steurberater) that another vehicle is not financially viable.
The exemption needs to be agreed before the vehicle can be driven into the LEZ.
Exemptions for specific journeys
These are possible for:
- Essential trips for the person in question. For example regular medical appointments (dialysis or similar), shift work where the beginning or end times are outside the times that public transport runs.
- If there is a delay or up to 6 months while waiting for the delivery of an ordered new vehicle or retrofit
- Vehicles over 27 years old that are found by a vehicle mechanic to be in a condition that they would get a historic vehicle status if they were over 30 years old.
- Coach trips, if retrofit would invalidate the manufacturers guarantee
- Trips to deliver essential goods and services to the population, for example lift emergency repairs, transport of blood for transfusions, doctors who provide regular emergency on-call services, repairing damaged buildings and similar trips
- Trips to keep production processes running, for example repair of essential equipment, including for example trips of special vehicles (extra heavy vehicles, mobile cranes, cement pumps and similar), as long as they are not registered as road vehicles.
- Trips of showmen and event vehicles in the LEZ
- Special vehicles, for example extra heavy vehicles, mobile cranes and similar vehicles as long as they are not registered as road vehicles.
- Special trips that are linked with a particular business idea or as direct sales point, for example London-taxi, ice cream sales vehicles, historic vehicles for weddings or city tours, market sales vehicles and special filming vehicles.
There are no exemptions for the following vehicles or trips:
- Vehicles that were registered after the start of the Mainz LEZ (1.2.2013)
- Trips to work (except for shift work where the beginning or end times are outside the times that public transport runs)
- Trips for shopping or visiting
- Trips to deliver children to nursery, school or similar
- Trips to evening school, university or similar
- For employees with inconvenient sift work if the work is less than 400m from the edge of the LEZ (where it is possible to walk).
Exemptions are given by:
61 - Stadtplanungsamt
Zitadelle, Bau C