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Europe Low Emmission Zones

More than 200 cities and towns in 10 countries around Europe already have in place, or are preparing to launch, 'Low Emission Zones' (LEZ) - areas where the most polluting vehicles are regulated in some way. Vehicles may be banned or in some cases charged if they enter the LEZ when their emissions are over a set level.

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'Urban Access Regulations in Europe' is a publicly funded website (in English), run on behalf of the European Commission.

Green-Zones is the information portal for all European Environmental zones and entry restrictions in European traffic

France has introduced the Crit'Air Vignette/ Environmental Badge.

27 January 2017


The cost of motorway travel for a passenger car is about 1 €uro for 10 miles.

Many toll-gates are for both credit-card payment and Telepéage... meaning that if you have a télépége transpondre, you may still get held up behind people paying by card, if there is a queue.  Cash payment toll-gates (green arrow or pictogram of coins) will provide change – even the automatic ones.

Sanef France has extended the Liber-t automated French tolls payment service to UK motorists through Sanef Tolling. Sanef Tollings telepeage tags enable UK motorists to use the automatic telepeage/tag lanes, which have previously been reserved for French residents.
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27 January 2017

France has introduced the Crit'Air Vignette/ Environmental Badge.


Only with emission sticker - also applies for foreign vehicles!

The so-called Kennzeichnungsverordnung" (Vehicle Registration Regulation) came into effect in Germany on 1 March 2007. This law enable cities and municipalities to set up environment zones if the emission threshold values for fine particles are exceeded. These measures are intended to ensure cleaner air in inner city areas and other densely trafficked areas by only allowing vehicles with the proper sticker to drive in these zones. In this way Germany implements EU Air Quality Directive 1999/30/EC. 

Numerous cities have set up or decreed environment zones to reduce pollution in their city centres. Vehicles with particularly bad exhaust values such as old diesel vehicles without particle filter systems and vehicles with petrol engine and an insufficient exhaust cleansing (regulated catalyser) are not allowed to drive in the environment zones.  

The zones polluted by emissions are designated with the sign "Umweltzone". A supplementary sign shows which vehicles with which sticker are allowed to drive in the environment zone.

The owner of the vehicle (German or foreign) is required to present the registration certificate of the vehicle and pay a fee of 5 to 10 Euros. The colour of the vignette issued will depend on the type of engine and the Euro classification of the vehicle.

DE Euro 4 Low Emission Zone Road Sign

The fee is a ‘one-off’ charge and remains valid as long as it remains valid in any German City as long as it remains fixed in the vehicle i.e. not transferred to another vehicle.

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Italy & San Marino

Traffic is restricted in many historical centres/major towns in Italy known as 'Zone a Traffico Limitato' or ZTL's. Circulation in these areas is either fully prohibited, only permitted for residents or there are time restrictions that apply. Entering such areas whether using your own car or a hire car will almost certainly result in you receiving a fine by post, sometimes many months later.

Tolls in Italy with Telepass & VIAcard

The Italian toll system is complicated and for tourists it takes getting used to. Not only that, but different motorway operating companies are in charge of individual route sections.

The toll amount mostly depends on the route length and is usually determined by means of a ticket issued at the motorway access, or a flat rate is charged on some motorway sections. Payment can be in cash, at some places with credit card or everywhere with the VIAcard and Telepass. Because - except for Sicily* - only the VIAcard and Telepass are accepted all over Italy and are recommended to avoid queuing at cash payment booths.
Automated toll payment with a Telepass used to be only possible for users with an Italian bank account. But now tolltickets and its service partners provide the Telepass with VIAcard to all European users outside Italy - without the need for an Italian bank account!

No stopping with Telepass
You can manage the Telepass** easily and above all quickly, as a small electronic receiver which is attached to the windscreen. This box enables you to use the specifically designated Telepass lanes at Italian toll stations, thereby enabling you to continue without having to stop. The Telepass registers every transit passage and automatically transmits the corresponding data to tolltickets for charging purposes

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Driving on motorways requires a VIGNETTE (toll sticker) 
If you rent a car in Switzerland (as opposed to in France etc) it WILL have a vignette. If you don't drive on what we would call limited access highways or interstates, there are no tolls. The 40 franc vignette replaces all tolls including any tolls for tunnels, etc. The vignette is available at the border or at service areas just before the border (it's something like 26 or 29 Euros or 40 francs). Don't get caught on a toll road without one as the fine will be pretty steep.


Driving on motorways requires a VIGNETTE (toll sticker)
A vignette can be purchased at most petrol stations and at border entry points. A 10-day Vignette costs € 8.70, a 2-month Vignette costs € 25.30. The Vignette must be stuck to the inside of your car's windscreen and permits travel on all motorways within Austria. This is strictly enforced by motoway patrols and failure to comply will result in on the spot fines. (Most hire cars will come with a vignette supplied.) Vignettes are compulsory on all motorways and expressways in Austria, except road sections with tolls depending on mileage:*

  • A9 - Pyhrn Motorway: Bosruck Tunnel
  • A9 - Pyhrn Motorway: Gleinalm Tunnel
  • A10 - Tauern Motorway: Tauern and Katschberg Tunnels
  • A11 - Karawanken Motorway: Karawanken Tunnel
  • A13 - Brenner Motorway: Entire route
  • A13 - Brenner Motorway: Exit Stubai
  • S16 - Arlberg Motorway: Arlberg Road Tunnel

There are no toll roads in Holland. However, a small fee is payable on 2 tunnels.
Dordse Kil in the Biesbosch region you have to pay a small € 2.00 fee, and the Westerschelde Tunnel you have to pay a small € 5.00 fee.


Tolls in Spain with VIA-T

Many motorways in Spain are subject to a toll charge. At the toll stations, you are able to choose between a manual or an automatic toll payment.

Manual payment:

At most of the entry stations, you must take receipt of a ticket by pressing the knob on the automatic machine. Alternatively, there are motorway sections for which a fixed charge has to be paid independently of the distance which has been driven.

When leaving the motorway, or at the pay-points, you must use a personally specified lane in the event of a cash payment. Present the toll ticket to the personnel and settle the requested amount. If you want to pay with a credit card or fuel card, then use the specially designated lane for card payments. Insert the ticket into the machine first of all and subsequently the credit card for settlement of the toll amount due.

Automatic toll collection:

Lanes signposted with "Telepeaje", "VIA-T" or just "T" are reserved for vehicles carrying a small device - the VIA-T Box - for automated toll payment. With the VIA-T Box you can pass toll stations without stopping. Motorway access and exit are registered automatically. Tolls are settled conveniently using your selected means of payment.
The main advantage of the VIA-T box lies in the fact that you are able to use the reserved lanes without having to wait in the tailback in lanes for manual payments

Using the VIA-T box:

At each toll station in Spain, there are lanes for the automatic toll settlement with a VIA-T Box. In order to select the correct lane, attention should be paid to the following signs.

All lanes at toll stations which are designated with a blue circle and a white "T" are exclusively reserved for users with a VIA-T Box. No other means of payment will be accepted in the aforesaid lanes and you are able to drive through the toll station without having to stop.

All lanes at a toll station which are designated with a blue rectangle and a white "T" also accept other means of payment in addition to the VIA-T box, such as credit cards or cash payments for example. Tail-backs may occur in these lanes on account of manual payments by users without a VIA-T Box.
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United Kingdom

Currently there is a single major road, the M6 Toll and a small number of bridges and tunnels where tolls are collected.

London Congestion Zone

The Congestion Charge applies to most vehicles entering Central London. Make sure you know how it might affect your visit.
The Congestion Charge comes into effect on weekdays between certain times of the day and in various locations within Central London. You must pay the Congestion Charge to avoid receiving a fine of £130, but some drivers and vehicles are exempt or qualify for discounts.

Monday - Friday07.00 – 18.00£11.50*

* If you pay in advance or by midnight on the day of travel.

There is no charge on weekends, public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive, or between 18:00 and 07:00 on weekdays.

Scheme started: 17 February 2003

Zone operates: 7am to 6:00pm weekdays excluding bank and public holidays

Pay by phone: 0343 222 2222

Pay online:

Area covered: Congestion Charging Interactive Maps


Durham - Charging Scheme:

Dates & Times:         10:00 to 16:00, Monday to Saturday. No charge on public holidays.
Vehicles affected:    all vehicles
Costs:                          £2.00 per day

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