Environmental Zone Essen

Required type of environmental badge in Essen: green

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The date of introduction of environmental zones in Essen

  • From 1.10. 2008 – 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


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Green Zone in Essen, Germany

In 2008, environmental zones were introduced in Essen as well as in Bonn. Both cities jointly tightened the rules for entrance into the city, in order to maintain a peaceful and clean environment. From 1. 10. 2008, only vehicles with a red, yellow or green badge were able to enter the city, and from 1.1. 2013 only those with a yellow or green sticker. Two years later, on 1.7. 2014, the city excluded cars with a yellow sticker and thus only the most environmentally friendly vehicles have since been allowed to enter the city.


Driving in Essen

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From 1. 7. 2014, all drivers need a green badge to enter Essen. 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. The low-emissions zone includes Essen and other cities forming the Ruhr agglomeration, i.e. Bonn, Dortmund, Hagen and others.

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