World's Strangest Traffic Laws
Not Having Environmental Tags, Germany
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.