When I started living in Germany, I realised that all the cars had a sticker on the left bottom side of the windshield. The majority were green, and yellow ones were scarce. At the beginning I thought it had something to do with the parking spaces, but free parking spaces are plentiful, so I began an Internet search.
Indeed, I found out that those stickers are compulsory for any car that is driven in any green zone of Germany. This practice started on March 1, 2007. The green areas are usually signed with a symbol. And the sticker on the windshield represents the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the car. In this sense, new cars do not have any problem getting the sticker because their emissions are low, however old cars, as their emissions of CO2 are usually higher, may face problems.
So do you already have a car? Would you like to travel to Germany in your own car and get the sticker? If not, or at present you think that owning a car is very expensive, there are other solutions; only pay whenever you need a car.
- Rent a car. Several companies in Europe offer this service. It is very common for people when they go on holiday. First, they travel by plane and secondly, they rent a car at the airport. Companies also rent cars for their employees when they have to travel;
- Share a car. This second option is becoming more and more popular in Europe. All throughout Germany there are car sharing stations. The premise is that you only pay for the hours you use the car.
In the city of Berlin, for example, you can find a car which costs only 1,40€/hour. The tariffs depend on the time you will need the car and the category of the car. It is an alternative that reduces costs and avoids your need of getting a sticker.
What do you think about old cars being prohibited from driving in green zones? Do you know more countries with this system?
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