The environmental badge is compulsory in Austria!
The environmental badge is compulsory in the environmental zones in Austria! -Penalties up to 2,000 euros can be charged
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The environmental badge is compulsory in Austria for Lorries in from N1-N3 category
Different circulation interdictions and restrictions had been introduced in 2012 in Austria, which have been completed on 01.01.2015 with the obligation of bearing the Austrian environmental badge.
All the vehicles are generally concerned, cars also. However, the environmental badge is mandatory only for Lorries from the N1, N2 and N3 categories when they drive into one of the 6 environmental zones in Austria, and for cars registered as professional small trucks from the N1 category.
The environmental badge is delivered to every vehicles from the EURO 1 emission standard. However, the circulation is allowed for vehicles responding at least to the EURO 2 standard in most of the environmental zones. The main goal of this measure is to improve the air quality in a short term and to reduce the emission of harmful fine particles and nitrogen oxide.
The 6 environmental zones are not only located in cities but extend sometimes over an entire region. For now, the measure concerns Vienna, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Styria, Tirol and Burgenland, which sat up so-called “low emission zones” either over the whole region or only on particular motorway sections.
The violation of the obligation of bearing an environmental badge can be charged with a penalty up to 2,200 euros.