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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 trucks of category N1-N3
In 2012, different driving bans and circulation restrictions had been introduced in Austria, which have also been subject to an additional sticker requirement since 01.01.2015.

All vehicles are generally concerned, even cars. However, the environmental badge is mandatory only for trucks of categories N1, N2 and N3 when they enter one of the 6 environmental zones in Austria, and for cars registered as professional small trucks of category N1.

The environmental badge is delivered to all vehicles beginning from EURO 1 emission standard. However, entering the environmental zone is mostly allowed to vehicles responding at least to the EURO 2 standard. The main goal of this measure is to improve the air quality in a short term and to reduce the emission of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide.

The 6 environmental zones are usually not limited to one city, but cover entire regions. At the moment, the "low emission zones" affect Vienna, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Styria, Tirol and Burgenland with an extension to the whole province or parts of the highways.

The violation of badge requirement can be charged with a penalty up to 2,200 euros.

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You can find the interactive and zoomable form of this environmental zone map in our free Green-Zones App

Clean air for the inhabitants of Austrian cities: this is the main goal of environmental zones, which have been so far introduced in 6 out of 9 Austrian federal states.Thanks to the Austrian environmental badge, the emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx) are reduced. So far, this measure only concerns the delivery traffic, since it is considered the main source of pollutants emissions in Austria. In the future, the badge requirement will most probably be extended to cars and busses, as the country does still not comply with the EU limit values and regulations on particulate matter and NOx.

Trucks - and especially those responding to the EURO 0 and EURO 1 standards, which pollute the most - need a particulate filter reducing their emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, otherwise they are not allowed to drive within the environmental zones of the corresponding highways and regions.

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. For the same reason, the Austrian Ministry for Environment decided to adjust the Ambient Air Quality Act in 2012, in order to enforce the federal states of Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria and Burgenland which can now decide on the introduction of environmental zones and their contours.
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On 01.07.2014, (after 2 years of driving bans for EURO 0) the bans were partly extended and tightened to EURO 1 and 2.

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