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Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) – In 2019, petrol vehicles will also be affected!

In place since 1 January 2018, the Low Emissions Zone of the Brussels-Capital Region is changing as of 1 January 2019. From this date onwards, diesel vehicles under the Euro 2 standards and petrol vehicles without a EURO standard and of EURO 1 standard will also be banned. A three month transition period is scheduled for these vehicles.

The access criteria are changing

As of 1 January 2019, diesel vehicles under the Euro 2 standards and petrol vehicles without a EURO standard and of EURO 1 standard will also be banned. A transition period of three months is scheduled from 1 January to 31 March during which no fine will be sent to these newly banned vehicles. During this period, anyone driving one of these vehicles will receive a warning letter.

Prior to this, during the month of December, an information letter will also be sent to Brussels residents who circulated in the Low Emissions Zone between 1 July and 21 September 2018.

An online simulator is available to find out whether or not you are affected by this ban:

Launch of a national campaign

From 26/11 to 14/12, a national communication campaign is organised to continue to inform and support the general public. Posters, radio spots, social networks but also STIB bus and tram wrappings will remind everyone that the most polluting vehicles are banned from circulation throughout the Brussels-Capital Region.

Support measures

  • Walking, cycling, public transport or shared rides are among the many available alternatives that allow you to travel in the Brussels-Capital Region instead of taking a car!
  • Registration is mandatory for all vehicles registered abroad on the website. This process is free and valid for three years. To find out more and register your vehicle, click here.
  • Exemptions are available for certain vehicles. To find the conditions required for the exemptions and to submit your application free of charge, click here.
  • If you are obliged to travel to Brussels with a vehicle banned for circulation, day passes are available. Under this system, each vehicle is allowed a maximum of 8 (calendar) days’ access a year. The pass costs €35 per day. To find out more and complete your purchase, click here.
  • Subsidies exist for both individuals and professionals. For individuals, the subsidy is translated into access to alternatives to the car, while for professionals, the subsidy allows the replacement of a vehicle if it is affected by the ban and registered in the name of your Brussels-based company. To find out more, click here.


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The establishment of a Low Emissions Zone is one of the measures adopted by the Brussels government to improve air quality in Brussels. Air pollution is a public health issue, as the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that polluting engine emissions cause 75,000 premature deaths in Europe every year.

The introduction of the LEZ is a project involving the collaboration of several government bodies and stakeholders, in particular: Bruxelles Environnement, Bruxelles Mobilité, le Centre d’Informatique pour la Région Bruxelloise, Bruxelles Prévention Sécurité and Bruxelles Fiscalité.