Stuttgart also has a lorry transit ban in place.
In the case of high pollution events, there is also an alarm scheme. See below for further details.

Dates and details
The standards for the LEZ in Stuttgart are different to the LEZs in the rest of Baden-Württemburg:
* From 1st July 2010 until 1st January 2012
o Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Yellow Sticker.
* From 1st January 2012 onwards
o Diesel Euro 4(PM), 5(PM), 6(PM),Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker

Stuttgart Smog alarm / Feinstaub alarm
Between 15 October 2016 and 17th April 2017 Stuttgart will trigger a fine dust (‘Feinstaub’) alert when pollution is expected to be particularly high. The sign below changes automatically when there is a Smog alarm. Red for alarm at the moment or announced (the date in the box gives the alarm dates). The box is green when there is no alarm anounced or in operation.

Also see our news page for more updates.
This winter there have been many alerts, with 17 alerts in January alone.
In winter 1017-2018 there will be a mandatory ban for all diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 standards during Smog alarms.
The fine dust alarm is triggered as soon as the German weather service (DWD) predicts a weather inversion on at least two consecutive days (where there are for example low wind speeds, and the polluted air collects in the city).

Those living in Stuttgart are called on to leave their cars at home wherever possible, and not use so-called 'comfort fires' (fireplaces that are not essential as part of the heating) to make the air safer for all.

What should I do?

  • Use public transport
    • More public transport is provided during fine dust alarms.
    • The VVS offers an extra free month for subscription users.
    • A "Feinstaubalarm Plus" ticket, means that during alarm days, adults travel half price (a single ticket costs a child's price).
  • Carpool – share the car with colleagues or friends
  • Use bike, electric bicycle or electric car. Electric cars park for free on urban managed parking.
  • Walk
  • Order an electric taxi
  • Arrange to work at home
  • Use flexible working hours to avoid commuting in the peak rush hour (congestion itself is particularly bad for pollution)
  • Reduce leisure traffic
  • Don’t use your fireplace unless it is your main heating system

You find many useful links here.

More information on the dust scheme:

Stuttgart  Feinstaub alarm, pollution alert sign

That is what an alarm sign could look like. It says: 'Fine dust alarm from Friday on in the Low Emission Zone Stuttgart. Use public transport'.


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

Public transport
Public transport Stuttgart

Scheme Boundary
Stuttgart LEZ map
key: blue shaded area is the LEZ

Road Sign
Yellow 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, and if they need to be posted abroad it can sometimes add a little to the cost. 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, €17.50 if the vehicle is not registered in Germany.

Please note:
Please allow enough time for the sticker to reach you. At times of high demand to foreign addresses it can take up to a few weeks.
Please also note, for the lowest cost stickers, please buy stickers from the official sources linked to on this website. There are both fake sites and sites that charge up to 5 times as much as the official websites.

Foreign vehicles affected?
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?

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.

Manual enforcement by police of sticker in the windscreen. Even if the vehicle meets the emissions standard, if there is no sticker in the windscreen, the vehicle is illegal in the zone.

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






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


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.

Germany Exemptions

Local name for the scheme

Further Information
Germany website
Baden-Württemberg website

City website
Stuttgart city website
There is also a message via Whatsapp, Telegram or Insta available.
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