Legal Framework of the Danish EcoSticker
The introduction of environmental zones in Denmark originates from the environmental law BEK nr. 1517 Chapter 4 dated 14th December 2006, which regulates generally the protection of the environment and the fight against pollution in Denmark.
This law entered in force on 1st January 2007 and suggested to the municipalities of Copenhagen/Frederiks, Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense to introduce an environmental zone to set up measures against air pollution due to the city road traffic.
Before extending the obligation of an EcoSticker to the foreign Lorries and busses on 1st November 2011, which means for vehicles not registered in Denmark, a kind of “environmental badge instruction” had been adopted on 24th June 2011. This national instruction BEK nr. 700 dated 24th June 2011 sets up the legal measures for the improvement of air quality through the introduction of the EcoSticker and settles the incurred penalties.