Information about the Environmental Badge

On 01.01.2015, the environmental badge "Umwelt-Pickerl" has been introduced  in Austria. It is mandatory for trucks, regardless of fuel type or total weight, if they want to enter an environmental zone. Small trucks registered in the N1-category (for tax benefits) are also concerned (list of small trucks models here).

The Austrian environmental badge (legally named “Abgas-Pickerl”) can be divided into 6 different colours depending on the EURO emissions standards and must be ordered for each vehicle separately. The available colours from EURO 1 to 6 are black, red, yellow, green, blue and violet. The sticker is stamped with the last 5 to 6 digits of the chassis numbers and is stamped according to the vehicle class and fuel type.

P stands for particulate filter, M for vehicle category M, N for vehicle category N, D for diesel-driven vehicles, B for petrol-driven vehicles and A for alternative engines. The environmental badge has a size of 50 mm x 100 mm.

The environmental badge is not transferable and cannot be used for more than one vehicle. Every vehicle needs its own environmental badge. The badge validity is unlimited in time, as long as the motor does not get modified or retrofitted. This means that the badge remains valid even if the registration number of the vehicle is changed.

One must differentiate between the requirement to attach an environmental badge for specific vehicles and the voluntary purchase for others.

A vehicle can obtain the environmental badge if it fulfills the requirements of the EURO standard. All types of vehicles can therefore apply for an environmental badge – which means also cars and busses. Vehicles equipped with a particulate filter can obtain a badge as well. They will than get stamped on the letter P.

Vehicles which cannot get an environmental badge can apply for an exceptional authorisation that is valid for one city or environmental zone at a time.

If vehicles requiring an environmental badge cannot show a proof of the registration during a control are exposed to important financial penalties.