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.

The Austrian environmental badge is mandatory for Lorries in the Austrian environmental zones since 01.01.2015. You will find here an overview about what type of vehicle can or must obtain an environmental badge regarding to its EURO standard in order to drive into environmental zones in Austria ...
The prescriptions regulating the circulation in the Austrian environmental zones are also applicable on the European traffic since 01.01.2015.  Environmental zones are now regulated in the IG-L emission protection law for the air dated 30.09.1997 and in a regulation dated 06.04.2012 and concern 6 Austrian federal states over 9 ...
If a vehicle does not respond to the required EURO standard, it will not obtain the Austrian environmental badge of the right colour and will then not be allowed to drive into the Austrian environmental zones.   However, to receive an exceptional authorization, a few formalities shall be considered. ...
You will find here all the information about ordering an Environmental Badge, the payment, the delivery, the validity, the settling of the Environmental Badge, as well as available picture’s downloads ...

Environmental Zones, Entry Bans and speed limits in Austria

A clean air for the inhabitants in the Austrian cities: this is the main goal of the environmental zones, which have been so far introduced in 6 of the 9 Austrian federal states.Thanks to the Austrian environmental badge, the emissions of fine particles and nitrogen oxide (NOx) are reduced. For now, this measure concerns only the delivery traffic, since it is considered in Austria as the main cause of pollutants emissions. The obligation of bearing an environmental badge will be most probably extended to cars and busses in the future, since the requirements of EU-regulations on fine particles and NOx remain neglected in Austria.

Lorries, and particularly those responding to the EURO 0 and EURO 1 standards, which pollute the most, must be equipped with a particulate filter in order to emit less fine particles and nitrogen oxide or they will be able to drive into the Austrian environmental zones or to drive on determinate highways.

Since entry bans and circulation restrictions are probably not sufficient to improve the air quality, traffic bans also partially occur for EURO 2 vehicles since 2014. Also on this basis, the Austrian Ministry for Environment decided in 2012 to change the emission protection law for the air, which for now on allows the federal states of Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria and Burgenland to set up environmental zones and to decide on their contours.
Lorries, counting among the most polluting vehicles, need an Austrian environmental badge in order to drive into the environmental zones. If the vehicle does not respond to the requirements of any EURO standard, an exceptional, time-limited authorization can be given.

On 01.07.2014 (after 2 years of drive interdiction for EURO 0), the interdiction has been partially extended and increased to the EURO 1 and EURO 2 vehicles.

The introduction of environmental zones and of the Austrian environmental badge raises many questions for tourists and professional drivers. You will find the most important questions and their answers in our FAQ ...
Air pollution
Nitrogen Oxides and fine dust, particularly from diesel vehicles, are the reason why Austria introduced environmental zones and the Umwelt-Pickerl. People who want to know how and where nitrogen oxide and fine dust have an effect on health and harm humans in whichever way can get detailed information here ...
All the European vignettes and their corresponding circulation signs for environmental zones in one pack of cards. With this pack of 32 cards, you’ll play quartet as well as poker or will play learning games. All the information about the current and the soon applicable vignettes and badges are written on the cards. You will find more information here ...
Grüne Plakette B MK 5653 (Guilloche)
The German environmental badge, also called emissions sticker, is provided for Euro-4 vehicles which intend to enter into German environmental zones. Information about the German emissions sticker is offered in 21 languages and can be purchased through us within 24 hours ...
Green Zones informs its audience about the topics fine dust /nitrogen oxide, environmental issues and CO2. We operate more than 40 websites in more than 20 languages where you can find information about the increasing traffic restrictions in EU countries because of the creation of environment zones  ...
You will find here an overview of the different badge types that are issued by national authorities regarding fine dust, Nitrogen oxides, CO2, Electro mobility and additional environmental matters. You can obtain here the required badges for each country in Europe ...