We were recently in Bottrop with our classic.
We were fined. Due to incorrect parking, fine dust and the lack of an environmental sticker on the windshield.
What searching on the Internet taught us that such a sticker is not required for cars older than 30 years. Which in turn brings us to what age motorcycles are…
We thought it would be a good idea to communicate that with Het Strassenverkehrsamt, Abteilung für Verkehrsordnungswidrigkeiten. Great if you can work at a desk with such a name! The stern-sounding female official on the phone said that Recognized German Classics had red-white license plates. We explained that this was not the case in the Netherlands. It sounded like the lady blamed us for that.
We emailed again. We called again.
They would be the ticket for what the environmental sticker concerns cancel.
We would receive a ticket for wrong parking, because we had not made a donation in the parking meter.
We explained to her that everything had happened on a Sunday. That on Sunday it was clearly indicated that you did not have to pay to park. Fijntjes: "That is the same in Germany and the Netherlands".
The environmental test was therefore canceled. The parking ticket would be reconsidered. In the end we did not have to pay the 10 euro either.
The Dekra itself says it this way:
Old-timers with a historic registration number registered in Germany as such (the vehicle must be at least 30 years old and bear the “H” or red “07” registration mark) or old-timers registered in other EU countries that meet corresponding conditions, have a permanent exemption for the environmental sticker.
If your old-timer is registered in the Netherlands, has a date of first admission before 1 January 1978, and the vehicle is equipped with Dutch historical license plates (the blue plates), you do not need an environmental sticker.
To enter a Umwelt zone, you still need a FIVA Identity Card. You can request this from the FEHAC in the Netherlands. You can find more information about this Identity Card at: www.fiva.nu. If you park your oldtimer within the Umweltzone, you must place a copy of your Dutch registration certificate or the aforementioned Identity Card clearly visible.