The Low Emission Zone in Brussels: for the health of all residents
The air in the world's major cities is polluted. Road traffic is responsible for a large proportion of this pollution
Our health is at stake.
These pollutants are the cause of an increase in respiratory problems and disorders, lining of the eyes and nose, a decrease in respiratory capacity, coughing, bronchitis, and infections. The elderly, children and people who are sick or weak are the most vulnerable. In addition, the results of several recent studies suggest that the number of hospital admissions for cardiovascular diseases is associated with higher concentrations of various pollutants in the air (dust, ozone, etc.).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has indicated that pollutant emissions from engines are responsible for 75,000 premature deaths in Europe every year.
Fewer polluting vehicles … for our health and our children's health
By prohibiting access to the city for the most polluting vehicles, we can contribute towards better air quality. Conditions for access will gradually be tightened in the coming years, so that all residents and our children can breathe easily once again.