Required type of environmental badge in Ruhrgebiet: green
You can learn more information about types of environmental badges in the section Types of Environmental Badges.
The date of introduction of environmental zones in Ruhrgebiet
- From 1.1. 2012 – entry allowed with red, yellow or green environmental badge
- From 1.1. 2013 – entry allowed with yellow or green environmental badge
- From 1.7. 2014 – entry allowed only with green environmental badge
Environmental Zone Ruhrgebiet Map
Green zone in the conurbation of Ruhrgebiet
Ruhrgebiet is a conurbation of several industrial towns in the west of Germany. These include Bonn, Essen, Dortmund and Hagen. Although individual cities have introduced the environmental zones and the obligation to have the environmental sticker at different times, since 1.7. 2014, all of them require a green sticker to enter the environmental zones.
Driving in Ruhrgebiet
Are you going to Ruhrgebiet by car?
From 1. 7. 2014, all drivers need a green badge to enter Ruhr. Entrance is therefore allowed only to vehicles with a minimum level of air pollution that falls under the Euro 4 and Euro 1 emissions classes for diesel and petrol, respectively. Failure to comply with these rules is punished in Germany with a fine of 80 euros. Large cities in the west of Germany - Dortmund, Bonn, Essen, Hagen, Gladbeck, and Oberhausen - are part of the Ruhr emission zone, and as they intersect important motorway connections, you cannot avoid buying the environmental badge.
Order your environmental badge to enter Ruhr and get free shipping!
The plaque has unlimited validity and should be placed in the bottom-right corner of the windscreen.
In the section Validity of Environmental Badges you can simply check out which German cities you can enter without environmental badge.