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    Posted: 27 Jun 2018 at 9:10am
Following in the footsteps of Germany and France, Austria and Denmark have now introduced their own Environmental Protection Zones, with an assortment of windscreen stickers to match.  These regulations apply to foreign-registed vehicles.  For details and ordering them see:


Germany has also introduced a sticker for fine particulate emissions, and will soon also provide one for levels of nitrogen oxides - those planning a trans-European tour are going to have difficulty in seeing through their windscreens! 

The Germans are also bringing out a special sticker for all-electric cars which are not type-approved for Germany, and two blue stickers denoting your Euro emissions approval level.  Another sticker is going to show that your diesel engine meets Euro 6 - with a particulate filter and Adblue injection.  Basically, many areas will no longer permit the use of Euro 2 diesels and Euro 3 petrol vehicles, while certain areas demand a Euro 6 approval level.  You have a car which does not comply with these levels?  Tough luck - it is assumed that you can afford to buy something which does . . .

While the Austrian legislation applies to ordinary cars, they are currently only required to carry the sticker, but are not subject to any restriction on use. This dispensation could change overnight, and as local area governments can introduce their own EPZ areas, anyting could happen.  As it stands, vehicles of Euro 2 and earlier  acceptance may be forbidden from use in areas of poor air quality.

Even Belgium has produced a similar system, with the added complication that although a sticker is available, it does not allow entry to the various low emission zones, where each area seems to have different standards and their own sticker!  Perhaps they just do not want us to visit their country.

The UK government, who are currently in breach of agreements on improving air quality, are doubtless looking at a similar system, which will probably be introduced in London, before spreading over the country. Like the congestion charge, it will provide a steady income for local councils.

It all sounds like an April Fools Joke, doesn't it - I'm sure that the eco-warriors will not be happy until every vehicle is banned from every road . . .


Edited by Mike Fishwick - 27 Jun 2018 at 4:30pm
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Thanks for the information Mike.  I shall be going to Spain and possibly Portugal in a few weeks' time, but the link makes no mention of those countries, AT THE MOMENT!

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I think both Spain and Portugal are less keen eco-warriors than the Teutonic and Scandinavian coubtries, but this is the type of thing I would expect  to spread across Europe - including the UK.


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