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Not Having Environmental Tags, Germany

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Not Having Environmental Tags, Germany

In January 2010, strict new auto-emission rules went into effect, requiring window stickers to be placed on any car entering the centers of Berlin, Munich, Cologne, and three dozen other German cities. (The cost of a sticker varies from $7.50 to $30, and details on how to obtain one are available at www.visitberlin.de.) But what if you rented a car from Belgium or France or elsewhere? In the words of one German official, “All cars must have a sticker.” So don’t expect any mercy from Fraulein Parking Warden.

Penalty: If you rent a car from a neighboring country where such stickers aren’t available, and you fail to buy one for your rental after you arrive in Germany, you—not the rental company—are responsible for the $60 fine.

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