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The Brussels-Capital Region is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

The regulation concerns cars, vans and (mini)buses and coaches, whether registered in Belgium or abroad.
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LEZ exemption comes into force from February 2021 for holders of a disabled parking card entitled to preferential reimbursement for health care

Under the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) policy, the exemption for people holding a special parking card for disabled people entitled to preferential reimbursement for health care was adopted by the Brussels Government. This will take effect from February via the exemption form on the LEZ website. Because the exemption is backdated, any fine collected since 1 April 2020 may be cancelled, provided that all the conditions for granting the exemption are met. To benefit from the backdating, exemption requests must be made before 1 May 2021. Any request for exemption must be accompanied by a copy of the parking card as well as a certificate from your complementary health insurance company proving your right to preferential reimbursement for healthcare services.

Any new request for exemption is valid for between three and five years. Any exemptions already requested remain valid for three years.

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What is the Low Emission Zone?

« Low Emission Zone » (LEZ) translates to « Zone de Basses Emissions » in French. This is the term used to designate an area where the most polluting vehicles are prohibited from travelling. This measure is being taken in a large number of Belgian (Antwerp, Ghent) and European cities to improve air quality and therefore public health.


The boundaries of the LEZ

The entire territory of the Brussels-Capital Region is affected by the LEZ, i.e. the 19 municipalities, as you can see on this map.
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The Ring is not concerned, nor are some roads providing access to certain transit car parks

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Am I affected?

The access criteria for driving in the LEZ depend on the category, fuel and euro norm of the vehicle.
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Today, cars (category M1), (mini)buses (category M2), buses and coaches (category M3) or vans (category N1, with the exception of N1 vehicles with body code BC) running on diesel under the Euro 0, 1 and 2 standard or petrol under the Euro 0 and 1 standard are banned from entering the zone. As of 1 January 2020, diesel vehicles under the Euro 3 standard are also banned from entering the zone. The criteria will be tightened in 2022 and 2025.

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Progressive agenda

The LEZ is in force seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
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The access criteria to the LEZ will change over time.

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Our health is at stake

The European Environment Agency estimates that polluting emissions from engines caused 68,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2016.
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The aim of this Zone is to prohibit the use of the most polluting vehicles, in order to improve air quality and therefore protect public health.

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And if you really want to drive a car...

... It is possible to buy a day pass for non-compliant vehicles. Certain types of vehicles may also be eligible for an exemption.