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Introduction
Eschweiler has a low emission zone since 1 June 2016.
And there is also a lorry ban in place from 06:00 - 22:00.

Dates and details
* From 1 June 2017
o Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker.
From 10 October 2017 the transition period is over and all vehicles must have a Green Sticker to be able to enter the LEZ.

Vehicles affected
All diesel vehicles, and petrol vehicles without a closed loop catalytic converter (Euro 1 or equivalent).
All vehicles must have a sticker - see National Scheme

Scheme Boundary
Eschweiler LEZ map
key: yellow shaded area is the LEZ and lorry ban

Road Sign
DE Euro 4 Low Emission Zone Road Sign


Need to Register?
A sticker must be bought before driving into the zone and displayed in the windscreen - see National Scheme. This sticker is then valid for all LEZs in Germany.
Proof of emissions standard (given on German vehicle papers) is needed to purchase the sticker. Germany also accepts the stickers from Czech Republic.

Buying German LEZ stickers
Stickers for German and foreign vehicles can be purchased from the vehicle registration, authorities, authorised local garages, vehicle test organisations like TÜV, DEKRA, or some websites.

LEZ city authorities and other cities usually sell LEZ stickers. In person from city offices they cost €5, online they can cost more. Buy German LEZ stickers from Berlin city, in English or German (cost 6€), and the sticker is posted to you.

Stickers can also be bought online in Deutsch, Česky, Francis, English, Italiano, Polki, Türkçe from TÜV-SÜD. Cost is and is posted to you. €9.90 from TÜV-NORD if the vehicle is registered in Germany.



Foreign vehicles affected?
Yes.
Foreign vehicles are also enforced and are required to buy a sticker. Foreign vehicles emissions are taken primarily by vehicle age, as show in in this table.

Retrofitting allowed?
Yes

Retrofit Details
German vehicles need to have a particulate trap certified on behalf of the German government. Local garages can advise on which filters should be used and this page. allows you to find out what particulate filter your German registered vehicle can use - now for heavy as well as light duty vehicles. See also our retrofitting section.

Hours of operation
Permanent, 365 days a year.

Penalty
The penalty for driving or parking your vehicle without valid sticker is 80€


National Scheme
A National Framework sets out the Emissions Classes and main rules that can be used by cities for LEZs in Germany. The cities or regions then decide whether, where and when to do a LEZ, and what emissions standards will be required.
Windscreen stickers (plakette) show the vehicle Euro standard. To enter the LEZ, the vehicle must have the sticker required by the LEZ standard (usually Green Sticker). See below for the different windscreen stickers.

Emissions class

1

2

3

4

Sticker

No Sticker

Requirement for diesel vehicles

Euro 1 or worse

Euro 2 or

Euro1 with particulate filter

Euro 3 or

Euro 2 with

particulate filter

Euro 4, Euro 5, Euro 6

or

Euro 3 with particulate filter

Requirement for petrol vehicles

Without a catalytic converter

 

 

Euro 1 or better

pre Euro 1 with a catalytic converter fitted

 


View National Scheme Table (opens in popup) or in a new page

Stickers similar to those used in Germany, and mutually accepted, exist also in the Czech Republic.

Exemptions
Germany exemptions + Nordrhein-Westfalia exemptions

Local name for the scheme
Umweltzone

Further Information
Germany website
Nordrhein Westfalia

Suggested Lorry Routes Municipalities in the Ruhr area

City website
Eschweiler city website
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