Name of the environmental zone: Environmental Zone Cologne – Germany
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-01-2008
Type of environmental zone: Permanent
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicle class: car, motorhome (M1), bus (M2, M3), van (N1), truck (N2, N3)
Fuel type: all
Euronorm: 0-3 (diesel), 0 (petrol, LPG)
Sticker/registration/application: Entry only with sticker (green)
Fines: 80 euros.
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The environmental zone encompasses the inner-city of Cologne and the outer districts. On the left bank of the river Rhine the zone encompasses the districts within the military ring. Excluded from the zone is the business park Ossendorf. The western districts Müngersdorf, Junkersdorf, Lövenich and Weiden are included. On the right bank of the river Rhine, the districts Buchheim, Buchforst, Deutz, Humboldt/Gremberg, Vingst, Poll as well as parts of Mülheim are included in the zone. It is delimited by the highway A4, the eastern approach road, Vingster Ring, Frankfurter Straße, Höhenberger Ring, Buchheimer Ring, Herler Ring and Bergisch Gladbacher Straße.
On 01.10.2019 the environmental zone of Cologne was enlarged. On the left bank of the Rhine, it extends to the Niehl district between Industriestraße, Niehler Damm und Bremerhavener Straße. Industriestraße, as a transit zone, is excluded from the area. On the right bank, it extends to all or part of the following districts: Stammheim, Dünnwald, Höhenhaus, Mülheim, Buchheim, Holweide, Dellbrück, Höhenberg, Merheim, Brück, Ostheim, Neubrück, Rath/Heumar.
Special features: Retrofitting allowed: yes (PM)
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Vehicle registration office: email@example.com; Phone: 0221/221-26635, -26692.
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
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Are there other low emission zones in Germany?
Yes, a lot of them. With over 80 different environmental zones, Germany has one of the most in Europe.
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What advantages do I have with an E-sticker?
The E-sticker gives you various advantages. Depending on the municipality, there are various advantages, such as the use of bus lanes, free parking on the road and at electricity charging points, as well as the possible use of otherwise closed roads.
Do I need a green environmental sticker despite the E-sticker?
Yes, every car, no matter whether it is being driven on with petrol, diesel or electricity, requires a green environmental sticker according to the law. The E-sticker also entitles you to additional advantages over non-electric vehicles. The 35th BImSchV does not provide a separate paragraph for electric vehicles, which regulates them as an exception. Therefore: If an electric vehicle drives into a green environmental zone without a green sticker, a fine of 80 € + approx. 25 € handling fee must be expected.
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