Drivers of electric cars without a valid environmental badge will no longer have to fear speeding tickets in Bavaria. After the federal government failed to adjust the legal situation, which was difficult to understand, despite requests from the state government, “we have now asked the Bavarian police and the municipalities concerned not to punish violations due to the lack of an environmental sticker on vehicles with an e-license plate,” said Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) today in Munich.
This procedure is legally possible within the framework of the opportunity principle. “It is completely absurd and bureaucratic stubbornness on the part of the federal government to continue to punish drivers of cars with E-plates with the obligation to have an environmental sticker,” emphasized Herrmann. In fact, all vehicles with a German E-license plate would meet the requirements for the green environmental sticker.
Bavaria’s Minister for the Environment, Thorsten Faithr (free voters), cannot understand the current legal situation either: “We all want clean air and less noise in the cities. Vehicles with e-plates make an important contribution to the traffic turnaround urban environmental zones.” This superfluous bureaucracy must be abolished. “The only sensible solution is a Germany-wide exemption from the sticker requirement for cars with E-plates. This creates clarity and saves fees. We have therefore asked the Federal Ministry for the Environment to change the legal situation accordingly.”
The only exception: cars with an H license plate
The regulations for the environmental badge are federal regulations. Accordingly, all motor vehicles and thus also all electric cars that enter an environmental zone require a sticker corresponding to the signs, costs around ten euros. Violating the obligation to display a sticker is an administrative offense sanctioned with 100 euros. So far, there are only exceptions for motor vehicles with an H license plate.
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