Required type of environmental badge in Gelsenkirchen: green
You can learn more information about types of environmental badges in the section Types of Environmental Badges.
The date of introduction of the environmental zones in Gelsenkirchen
- from 1.1. 2013 – entry allowed only to vehicles with a yellow and green environmental badge
- from 1.7. 2014 – entry allowed only to vehicles with a green environmental badge
Map of the Gelsenkirchen low-emissions zone
Green Zone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
From 1.7. 2014, the entire Ruhr area to which Gelsenkirchen belongs requires vehicles to display a green environmental plaque to enter the city. The aim of the low-emissions zone is to prevent vehicles from entering that emit a high concentration of nitrogen oxides and severely deteriorate air quality. Therefore, both domestic and foreign passenger cars and trucks must have a green environmental badge to enter the zone.
Both German and foreign drivers are obliged to have this stamp placed on the windscreen of the vehicle.
Which types of vehicles are affected?
The obligation to own the environmental badge applies to both German and foreign passenger cars (M1); motorhomes (M1); heavy campers (M1); minibuses (M2); buses (M3); small transporters (N1); transporters (N2); trucks (N2); and heavy goods vehicles (N3).
Driving in Gelsenkirchen
Are you going to Gelsenkirchen by car?
From 1st July 2014, entry to Gelsenkirchen and the entire Ruhr area is only permitted on condition that a green plaque is placed on the windscreen. Entrance is therefore allowed only to German and foreign vehicles that produce a minimum level of air pollution - the Euro 4 (diesel) or Euro 1 (petrol) emissions classes. Failure to comply with these rules is punished in Germany with a fine of 80 euros.
Gelsenkirchen, as well as, for example, Dortmund, Essen and Hagen, is part of the Ruhr low-emissions zone, which also includes important road communications between these cities. The boundary of Gelsenkirchen's own low-emissions zone follows the perimeter of the city, including the Buer neighbourhood.
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The plaque has unlimited validity and should be placed in the bottom-right corner of the windscreen.