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Heavy Financial Penalties in Case of a Missing Environmental Badge

If a driving ban is violated, an environmental badge is not on the windscreen or a vehicle drives too fast on a motorway marked "IG-L", fines of up to 2,000 euros apply in accordance with § 30 (4) of IG-L, Immissionsschutzgesetz - Luft of 27.11.2015. If a manipulation of the badge is detected or wrong data have been indicated, these fines can even be much higher. They can rise up to 7.270 euros, according to the §30 (2) IG-L law.
Since there is no common catalogue of fines in Austria, a fine up to 90 euros can be charged by driving into an environmental zone without badge by the designated authorities according to § 50 (1) VStG.

The fines incurred can be charged on the driver, on the owner of the vehicle or on the leader of the company, in other words, fines will be charged on the legally responsible person.

Important to know for foreigners

Important to know for foreigners: A fine of 70 Euro or more will be imposed in accordance with EU directive 2011/82 dated 25th November 2011 “in order to facilitate the cross-border exchange of information about traffic offences threatening the road safety”. An enforcement procedure in the home country will take place on default of payment which will be pursued until imprisonment.