After the winter months, when ice and snow have often been scraped from the windshield, car drivers should look out for damage to the §57a assessment sticker – better known as the “Pickerl”.
Beware of damage to the pickerel by ice scrapers and the like.
Who has damaged with the sharp edge of the ice scraper thereby the §57a-assessment badge, should lose no time and exchange the Pickerl as fast as possible.
“As soon as the digits are no longer legible or part of the sticker is missing at all, it must be replaced, otherwise you may be fined,” explains ARBÖ traffic lawyer Martin Echsel. The penalty for a damaged or illegible sticker is theoretically up to 5000 euros, in practice in most cases between 100 and 200 euros to pay.
Exchange of stickers: This is how the exchange works
If you need to exchange your sticker, you will need the latest §57a assessment report and the registration certificate. “The change of the §57a-Pickerl is deposited in the appraisal database, the old Pickerl completely removed and the new attached. ARBÖ members only pay the cost of the sticker at 1.90 euros,” advises Echsel in view of the impending penalties to change quickly.
- source: vienna.at/picture: hp