Low emission zone Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main Low Emission Zone
The Low Emission Zone was set up in 2008 and as of 1st January 2012, only vehicles with the green badge are allowed entry. The aim is to reduce the concentration of fine particle pollution and nitrogen dioxide in order to maintain air quality standards.

You can download the new report on the effectiveness of the Frankfurt Low Emission Zone from the environment office. To evaluate the effectiveness of the Low Emission Zone, both air quality data and vehicle statistics were assessed.

The 3rd phase of the Low Emission Zone is based on the first revision of the Rhein-Main Clean Air Plan, part of the Frankfurt am Main plan. It was compiled by the Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (HMUELV) in collaboration with the City of Frankfurt am Main. The Clean Air Plan came into effect on 14.11.2011. You can download it here HMUELV (2011): Luftreinhalteplan Frankfurt.

Anyone found travelling within the Low Emission Zone without a green badge or a valid exemption is liable to pay a fee of eighty euros.

Umweltzonenschild vor Frankfurter Skyline © Stadt Frankfurt am Main, PIA

Low emission zone

The edge of the low emission zone (Umweltzone) is marked out by traffic signs.

Umweltzonenplaketten im Verkehrszeichen in grün © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Fine particle badges

Only vehicles displaying a green badge on their windscreens will be allowed to enter the low emission zone (Umweltzone).

Abbildung der Umweltzone © Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Stadtvermessungsamt


Certain vehicles may qualify for automatic exemptions. Such vehicles can freely enter the LEZ. For other vehicles, the exemption permit is granted on a case-by-case basis.

© Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Umweltamt

Questions and answers

For the sake of better understanding, basic questions and answers will be dealt with here.