Green Emissions zones
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 12:02 PM Last Post By: cazcakes
Feb 25, 2013 12:19 PM
Green Emissions zonesWe are hiring a car from Stuttgart airport and I've been reading about the green emissions zones in Stuttgart and Freiburg centres. We are not too concerned about Freiburg as I've found out information about using their Park & Ride system to visit the centre, but I am concerned about Stuttgart. I've contacted the car hire company who say they can't tell me if the car will have one of the green stickers to enable us to drive through the green zone as they cannot guarantee me a particular car. I wonder if we will need one based on our planned itinerary:
Pick up car at Stuttgart airport and drive to Krumbach for a couple of days
Return to Stuttgart to visit the Wilhemina Zoo
Drive to Rust/Freiburg area for few days
Return car to airport
Based on this will I be driving in the green zone area or will I miss it out? Have looked at various maps of the area but I am confused!!!! We will be arriving into Stuttgart at approx 6pm on a Sunday night so if we need one of these green stickers will there be any car garages open at that time???
I'd be very grateful for any help in this. Thanks
Feb 25, 2013 1:05 PM
Feb 25, 2013 1:44 PM
2to some extent agree with beerfree: given that with the majority of decent car rental agencies their cars are a couple of years old at most and thus with certainty qualify for the green stickers, and given that cars nowadays almost come equipped with them, and given that no decent company could afford renting cars that would be 'banned' from all important German city centres, this almost certainly has to be a case of misunderstanding on the rental agencies side.
Feb 25, 2013 4:56 PM
3I cannot imagine that you'll get a car without a green sticker. The only cars I know which don't have such a sticker are older Diesel cars. So 10 years and older.
The rental car companies are not that keen on Diesel cars. Have a better mileage - the fuel is however paid for by their customers. But they cost more to buy and the car tax is also higher. And a rental car fleet with such old cars? Rental cars are faster worn out than privately owned cars. And do normally plenty of kilometers per year. Thus normally they get rid of their cars latest after 3-4 years before they become regular guests in the repair shops.
Wilhelma is deep in the low emission zone of Stuttgart. Only the airport is just outside it. The airport is however anyway not on the grounds of Stuttgart but of Leinfelden-Echterdingen.
Feb 26, 2013 3:04 AM
Feb 26, 2013 4:02 AM
Feb 26, 2013 4:03 AM
Feb 26, 2013 1:37 PM
7Thanks guys for the advice.
We have rented a car through National Car Hire in England but we pick it up from Europcar in the airport (think I read somewhere that Europcar have taken over National). It was National Car here in UK that I asked, I've checked again and they don't know - they just suggested I telephone Europcar in Germany to check. I guess that's what I'll have to do. I don't particularly want to waste some of my holiday driving round looking for somewhere to get a green sticker.
Everything I've read online (on Stuttgart official website, tips on driving abroad etc) all stress how important this sticker is and how you get fined and points on licence so I'm slightly worried!!
Again thanks for the replies. I feel better just knowing that the airport is not in the zone so can work something out regarding whether we go to the Zoo or not.
Feb 26, 2013 10:45 PM
8Europcar will defnitely have green stickers on their cars, otherwise they'd lose a lot of traffic to irritated business people who need to travel into cities. Simpler just to sticker the whole fleet.
To be honest, living in Germany it's rare indeed that I see any car (hire car or otherwise) that doesn't have a green sticker on it. Those that don't are as already said 10+ year old bangers, and Europcar seems to get rid of its cars after around 14,000km anyway.
As for getting points on licence, it's likely to be impossible for you - unlike me you are highly unlikely to have a German driving licence, innit. They can still fine you mind, but I'd claim that back. This is all jolly irrelevant though, cos it's simply not gonna happen, trust me.
Feb 27, 2013 12:02 PM
9Thanks to all who replied especially Fwoggie. It's certainly put my mind at ease with the hire car. Just got to negotiate the fast motorways now!!!!!
I'm really looking forward to exploring a small part of Germany in June, hopefully it will be the first of many times
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