Travelling by motorhome
As a motorhome traveller, you are not as likely to be faced with a low emissions zone in Germany. That is if you stay on the motorway. None of the motorways in Germany come under the current Umweltzones.
German environmental stickers
The German environmental stickers apply to all vehicles that intend to drive in, or through, a German low emission zone. There are several types. The four categories have been defined based on European emission standards. There are three coloured stickers: red, yellow and green. It is also possible that a vehicle does not meet the standards and therefore does not qualify for an environmental sticker.
- No sticker, Euro 1. These are generally the older petrol engine cars without a regulated catalytic converter and older diesel vehicles.
- Red sticker, Euro 2. The red sticker is no longer issued, because the yellow sticker is the lowest level required for the current environmental zones.
- Yellow sticker, Euro 3. This sticker is only valid for Neu-Ulm.
- Green sticker, Euro 4-, 5- and 6-norm.
Motorhomes with a diesel engine that have been retrofitted with a particulate filter with KBA approval may qualify for a higher environmental sticker. The stickers can be bought online (Google is your best friend) or you can buy them in Germany, at the vehicle registration office, at all approval authorities ('TUV and DEKRA') and at authorised garages in Germany. If you drive in Germany with the motorhome, please take the original registration certificate with you. 😉 Place the sticker on the inside bottom right of the windscreen. The moment you enter an 'Umweltzone' without the required environmental sticker, you risk a fine of €80.