Since 2015 – The Austrian Environmental Pickerl / Badge
In Austria, there are currently 6 environmental zones in different regions and Länder, some of which cover large areas. Drivers should note that the Umwelt-Pickerl environmental badge has nothing to do with a road toll vignette and must be ordered separately. Currently as of August 2019, the Umwelt-Pickerl badge is only mandatory for vehicles of category "N". This also means that campers registered as “N” are affected by this obligation. Passenger cars are normally exempted from this obligation, but "tax cars" subject to the same tax classification as “N” vehicles must purchase it.
The Austrian Umwelt-Pickerl environmental badge is available in 6 different colours, depending on the vehicle’s EURO standard. The colours corresponding to EURO 1 to EURO 6 standards are respectively black, red, yellow, green, blue and purple. The badge shows the last 5-6 digits of the registration number and is stamped according to the vehicle category and fuel type.
The environmental badge is assigned to the vehicle if it complies with the EURO standard. Therefore, a badge can be affixed to any type of vehicle - including passenger cars and coaches. Vehicles equipped with a particulate filter can also receive a badge.
Unlike a road toll vignette, the Umwelt-Pickerl badge only needs to be purchased once. It is valid as long as the vehicle’s license plate does not change.
The environmental zones in Austria are controlled by the police and traffic wardens. A fine between 90 and over 2,000 euros may be imposed in case of an infringement, depending on the type of violation (EURO class, vehicle type, etc.). In case of wrong issuance or manipulation of an environmental badge (e. g. hand-printed), significantly higher fines may be applied.
Since in Austria the introduction of new environmental zones also for buses and cars is constantly under discussion, it makes sense for frequent visitors, holidaymakers and campers to obtain the environmental badge voluntarily.
Zoomable maps of all environmental zones with their boundaries as well as detailed information on the different vehicle types, EURO classes, weekdays, times, special rules and exceptions are available at www.umwelt-pickerl.at or www.Green-Zones-App.eu
More information? Here to the website of the Austrian Environmental Pickerl / Badge.
Order directly? Here to the shop where you can order the Austrian Environmental Pickerl / Badge.
Attention: The Environmental Pickerl / Badge can only be ordered for vehicles heavier than 3,5t.