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What are the alternative mobility offers offered by the Brussels region?

Buses, trams and metro

The Brussels-Capital Region urban public transport operator (STIB) runs many bus, tram and metro lines. STIB offers competitive packages and very attractive preferential rates according to age and profile (at school, 65 +, RIS or BIM status, etc.). Discover the range of STIB subscription packages.

The Walloon (TEC) and Flemish (De Lijn) public transport operators also have lines to Brussels and subscriptions at preferential rates according to age and socio-economic status.

Rail network

The Brussels-Capital Region is very well served by the many stations on the SNCB rail network. The SNCB also runs the S networks, which is a fast rail system without traffic jams. It covers an area 30 km wider than the capital area and includes 143 stations and 12 suburban lines.

SNCB offers free or reduced-price tickets according to conditions available and travel periods (age, large family, job seeker, discount card, sales, excursions, etc.).

Some stations provide parking spaces for cars, bicycles and shared bikes, are near car share stations or are easily accessible by public transport.

Discover the useful smart mobility services in Brussels and download the applications to your smartphone.

The Brussels-Capital Region Mobility Observatory found that Brussels residents’ cars are immobilised on average 97.9% of the time. The low utilisation of cars is adequate motivation for replacing individual vehicles by a car-sharing system, particularly when considering the requirement for public space used to park these cars.

In Brussels, car-sharing is a real alternative to individual car ownership. It is the ideal solution for people who use their car only occasionally. Several shared car operators exist:

Compare the different systems to find the one that best suits your needs.

Think of carpooling for your long journeys, your journeys to events or home-to-work. Many car-sharing platforms are available to help find travelling partners such as Carpool.be, Kowo, Commuty, BlaBlaCar… Ensure, however, that you use a car which meets the access criteria.

Discover these mobility operators in Brussels and download the applications directly onto your smartphone by visiting the Brussels Mobility website.

Taxis can also meet your travel needs. The Collecto shared taxi system is available every night (between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.) and the Green Taxis application allows you to save money by easily ordering a taxi and sharing it with other people.

People with reduced mobility and VIPO

Nearly a hundred taxis are equipped to transport people in wheelchairs and with reduced mobility.

Seniors or disabled people with VIPO income can also, under certain conditions, benefit from the region’s taxi vouchers. These can be collected from your local authority.

Finally, the TaxiBus service run by STIB offers a door-to-door transport service, provided for disabled people exclusively on request.

Transit car parks

Transit car parks ‘Park and Ride’ (P+R) are a solution that makes it easy to park your car or bicycle at an affordable price in a secure environment. Public transport can be easily accessed from the P+R (metro, tram, bus or train) allowing you to get quickly to the centre of Brussels. All railway stations in Belgium have a P+R car park and a car park on the outskirts of Brussels. Among these, the Ceria-Coovi, Kraainem, Lennik and Stalle car parks are accessible to vehicles that do not meet the LEZ access criteria.

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For each of these car parks:


The Céria-Coovi car park:

  • 1320 places for cars, of which 150 are reserved for shared cars and 34 for persons with reduced mobility (PRM)
  • Entrance via Josse Leemans Avenue 3–1070 Anderlecht.
  • Metro Line 5 (Erasmus – Herrmann-Debroux)
  • STIB buses 75 and 98.
LEZ In practice stalle parking
 

The Stalle car park:

  • With free access
  • 380 places for cars
  • At the intersection of 292 rue de Stalle and 161 rue de l’Etoile, 1180 Uccle.
  • Tram numbers 4, 32, 82 and 97
  • STIB bus N12 and 98
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The Lennik-Erasme car park

  • Part of the car park is open access, another section is subject to a fee.
  • 675 parking spaces, 175 of which are reserved for Park and Ride (P+R) subscribers.
  • Entrance via route de Lennik 806, 1070 Anderlecht.
  • Metro connection line 5 Erasme - Herrmann-Debroux.
LEZ In practice kraainem parking
 

The Kraainem car park:

  • Reserved for subscribers only
  • Access conditions to be respected
  • 193 spaces for cars, including 5 reserved for persons with reduced mobility (PMR)
  • Entrance via Avenue de Wezembeek 185, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
  • Metro Line 1 (Stockel - West Station)
  • STIB buses 76, 77 and 79.

For more information on car parks in Brussels

1. Allowances for professionals

A replacement allowance is available for commercial vehicles which pollute. Your commercial vehicle may soon no longer be usable in the Brussels-Capital Region. Benefit from financial support of up to €3,000 to replace a light commercial vehicle in category N1.

Who is eligible for this allowance?

Companies that meet the following conditions:

Terms and Conditions

A subsidy is available to replace light commercial vehicles (N1) registered in the Brussels-Capital Region which will soon be unauthorised for use in the Region. Certain conditions must be met in terms of investment, the vehicle replaced and the new vehicle purchased.

| Investment conditions

The investment must:

  • Be required for the company’s activities
  • Be recorded as a fixed asset in the annual financial statements (for legal entities) or in a depreciation table (for physical persons)
  • For a new vehicle: second-hand vehicles do not qualify for the allowance (except those acquired from a specialist dealer)
  • Certain types of investment are not allowed: luxury investments, export-related, for rental, etc.

| Conditions imposed on the vehicle replaced

The replaced vehicle must be registered in the Brussels-Capital Region and comply with the following standards:

Year of application
Petrol standard (indicated on the vehicle registration document).
2020 and 2021
  • Diesel vehicle 4/IV standard
  • Petrol or natural gas vehicle standard Euro II/2
2022, 2023 and 2024
  • Diesel vehicle standard 5/V, 5a or 5b
  • Petrol or natural gas vehicle standard Euro II/2

| Conditions imposed on the purchased vehicle

The purchased vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered in the Brussels-Capital Region (except in the case of leasing).
  • Meet current European emission standards applicable to new vehicles.
  • Be in category N1
  • Not equipped with a diesel engine.

What is the amount of this allowance?

This contribution consists of an allowance of 20% of the eligible expenses up to a maximum of €3,000 per replaced vehicle. A company can benefit from an allowance for a maximum of three vehicles per period.

Contact

Brussels Economy and Employment - Business Assistance Department
Bd du Jardin Botanique, 20–1035 Bruxelles
T 02 800 34 29
T 02 800 34 28

2. Individuals – The Bruxell’Air allowance

Do you live in Brussels and are you planning to part with your car and move towards more sustainable modes of transport? Enjoy the Bruxell'air allowance! In exchange for having your number plate removed, you will receive a STIB subscription or a bicycle allowance and a Cambio Start subscription.
 

What does the Bruxell'Air allowance entitle you to?

Anyone who has their registered address in the Brussels-Capital Region who deregisters their licence plate (and possibly destroys their vehicle), may, under certain conditions, benefit from a Bruxell’Air allowance. The beneficiary may be the applicant for the allowance or a member of his or her household. However, if the licence plate is deregistered and the vehicle destroyed, the beneficiary of the MTB subscription – valid for one year and renewable once – can only be the applicant. The de-registration of a car registered in the name of a company (even if it is a one-person business) is not eligible for the Bruxell'air Bonus.

The Bruxell’Air allowance refers to a ‘mobility’ package whose terms depend on the option chosen:

  • Either an MTB subscription for one year + a Cambio Start subscription for one year.
  • Or a bicycle allowance and a one-year Cambio Start subscription.
If cancelling the licence plate is accompanied by the destruction of the vehicle in question, the allowance is "doubled". You can choose:
  • Either an MTB subscription + a Cambio Start subscription, both for two years
  • Or an MTB subscription for one year + a Cambio Start subscription for two years + a bicycle allowance
  • Or a Cambio Start subscription for two years + a double bicycle allowance

The MTB subscription is valid on the STIB network (except on the NATO-Brussels Airport section) and on the De Lijn, TEC and SNCB Brussels urban networks (S trains).

The Cambio Start subscription offered as part of the Bruxell’Air allowance includes 12 or 24 months fixed costs (activation and monthly subscription fees) depending on the package chosen. Variable (hourly and per kilometre) costs must, however, be paid by the beneficiary. The beneficiary must also provide a deposit.

The bicycle allowance includes a training course on cycling in the city given by Pro Velo as well as up to €505 granted for one or more purchases of bicycles, bicycle accessories or services from Brussels suppliers. Private sales between individuals are not taken into account.

How to receive the Bruxell'Air allowance

  1.  Either:
    • Hand in your licence plate to the DIV (see point "How to cancel my licence plate")
    • Return your licence plate to the DIV and destroy your vehicle (see point "how to have my vehicle destroyed")
       
  2.  Download the order form, fill it in and sign it
     
  3.  Send the order form to STIB with the various attachments (see point "What should be sent to STIB?”)
     
  4. Shortly after you send your application, you will receive a letter from STIB informing you that your application has been accepted, rejected or needs to be completed.
     
  5. If your application is incomplete, STIB will send you a letter asking you to send the missing document(s) to complete your application and allow you to take advantage of the allowance, if applicable. If you do not reply within 3 months from the date of this letter, your application will be closed by STIB. If your application is accepted, you will receive a letter for the MTB subscription and/or a letter for Cambio and/or for Pro Velo.
     
  6. Beneficiaries of a Cambio Start subscription must complete the Cambio membership form at Cambio Start offices within 6 months of acceptance of the application. They must take the STIB acceptance letter with them. Information about Cambio can be found on the website www.cambio.be or on 02 227 93 02.
     
  7. Any beneficiary of a bicycle allowance must make their purchase(s) within 6 months from the date of STIB's letter (the money is to be provided by the beneficiary). The beneficiary must then go to Pro Velo no later than two months from the date of the first invoice, with the detailed invoices and the letter of acceptance of the file sent by STIB in order to be reimbursed. The articles and terms and conditions are detailed in the "bicycle allowance" section. More info: www.provelo.org or on 02 502 73 55.
     
  8. The MTB subscription will start on the first day of the month following acceptance of their application unless the beneficiary is already a subscriber. In this case, the start date of their new subscription will depend on their remaining current subscription. Specifically:
    • If the remaining subscription is less than 3 months (from the date of application acceptance), the MTB subscription will be valid from the end of the current subscription.
       
    • If the remaining subscription is equal to or greater than 3 months (from the date of acceptance of the application), the subscriber will be reimbursed according to STIB rules and their MTB subscription will begin on the first of the month following acceptance of the application.

Which documents need to be sent to STIB?

Any applicant for a Bruxell'Air bonus must send the order form (completed, dated and signed) together with all the attachments to STIB.
The following must be attached:

  • A copy of the deregistration notice provided by the DIV (issued no more than 6 months before the date of application for the Bruxell’Air allowance)
  • A copy of the registration certificate of the cancelled vehicle (date of last clearly legible registration) or last proof of payment of road tax (available via the MyTax platform).
  • A Household Composition certificate (including for a single person) dated no more than two months before the date of the application (available via my.belgium.be).
  • A copy of the applicant’s identity card
  • A copy of the beneficiary’s identity card (if the beneficiary is not the applicant).
  • A photo (ID card size) of the beneficiary if the allowance chosen includes an MTB subscription.
  • A copy of the certificate of destruction (dated no more than 6 months before the application for the Bruxell’Air allowance) from an approved or registered centre in Belgium (for deregistration of the plate and destruction of the vehicle)

These documents must be sent exclusively by post to the following address: STIB - Remote sales - Bruxell'Air - Rue royale, 76 - 1000 Brussels

General Terms and Conditions of the Bruxell’Air allowance

  • The applicant for the allowance may only be a physical person who is resident in one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region.
  • The de-registration of a car registered in the name of a company (even if it is a one-person business) is not eligible for the Bruxell'Air Bonus.
  • Cancelling the number plate of a motorbike or scooter does not entitle to the Bruxell'Air Allowance.
  • The number of vehicles counted at the applicant’s address in categories "VP, AA, AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, SW,  and FA" as defined by the Vehicle Registration Service, including company cars or similar, must be reduced by at least one from the date of deregistration until the end of the allowance period.
  • Commercial vehicles (e.g. vans) are excluded from the allowance.
  • Neither the beneficiary nor a member of their family may register a vehicle for the entire duration of the allowance.
  • The applicant cannot benefit from the allowance if he or a member of their household has been driving a company car or similar for less than three months from the date of application for the Bruxell’Air allowance.
  • The beneficiary of the allowance must be part of the holder’s household for the duration of the allowance.
  • Any change in the applicant’s or beneficiary’s situation during the allowance period must be communicated by the applicant to STIB within 6 weeks of the change.
  • The beneficiary must remain the same throughout the allowance period.
  • The allowance will only be granted once per applicant per vehicle.
  • If the applicant or beneficiary are no longer eligible for the allowance, the applicant must notify STIB of the change in situation within 6 weeks (household registration, company car, etc.). The beneficiary will therefore no longer benefit from the allowance from the date of change in situation. Depending on the allowance chosen, the MTB subscription must be returned immediately to STIB, a portion of the bicycle allowance must be refunded and the Cambio subscription will be deactivated.
  • If STIB is not notified within 6 weeks of the change in situation of the applicant or the beneficiary, the applicant will be required to reimburse the allowance granted and, if applicable, the MTB subscription if this allowance includes an MTB subscription. This refund will be without prejudice to possible legal proceedings.
  • Under no circumstances will any refund either complete or partial be made to the applicant or the beneficiary against the Bruxell’Air allowance.
  • Current standard tariffs will apply in the event of fraud, contravention or omission with regard to the MTB subscription.
  • For the Bruxell’Air allowance application to be accepted by STIB, it must be complete and include the signed, dated order form and all the annexes.

How to deregister my licence plate?

  • Licence plates must be deregistered at the Vehicle Registration Service (DIV – part of the Department of Federal Public Mobility and Transport).
  • The deregistration notice issued by the Vehicle Registration Service (DIV) is the only acceptable document certifying that the licence plate has been deregistered. This notice must be dated within 6 months before the date of application for the Bruxell’Air allowance.
  • The vehicle (whose licence plate has been deregistered) must be in one of the following categories (defined by the Vehicle Registration Service): "VP, AA, AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, SW, and FA". Find out more: www.code-de-la-route.be
  • The deregistered vehicle must have been registered with the applicant for at least one continuous year.

How do I get my vehicle destroyed?

  • The vehicle intended for destruction must have been registered at least 10 years before the application for the allowance. The vehicle must have been registered in the name of the allowance applicant for a calendar year.
  • The destruction of the vehicle must be certified by one of the approved centres for end-of-life vehicles in Belgium, authorised to issue a certificate of destruction. Contact Febelauto for more information: 02 681 08 84
  • The approved centres for the destruction of end-of-life vehicles in the Brussels Region are the following:
    • George & Co. – div. Brussels (CFF Recycling) – Quai Léon Monnoyer, 11 - 1000 Brussels
    • A. Stevens & Co. S.A./N.V. - Quai des armateurs, 8 - 1000 Brussels
    • Tutar’s auto – Rue Arthur Maes, 61–63 - 1130 Brussels.
  • The vehicle must be delivered to the approved centre complete and free of waste. The vehicle must be delivered to the approved centre with all the required items, in particular:
    • The registration document,
    • The certificate of conformity,
    • The roadworthiness test certificate issued by a recognised test centre of a European Union Member State.
  • The certificate of destruction issued by an approved centre for end-of-life vehicles in Belgium is the only accepted document certifying the destruction of the vehicle. This notice must be dated within 6 months before the date of application for the Bruxell'Air allowance.

Bicycle allowance

The bicycle allowance amounts to 505 euros.

What items or services are available as part of my bicycle allowance?

  • Bicycles (normal, adult, child, folding, electric, cargo)
  • The following bicycle safety accessories:
    • Front headlight
    • Rear headlight
    • Bell
    • Reflector
    • U-shaped padlock
    • Rear lock (wheel stand)
    • Folding padlock for folding bicycles
    • Anti-puncture tyres
    • Bike rack, hook to store your bicycle easily at home
  • The following equipment accessories:
    • Helmet
    • Cape
    • Overshoes
    • Waterproof trousers
    • High-visibility fluorescent vest
    • Fluorescent reflective trouser clamps
    • Pumps
    • Gloves
  • The following transport accessories:
  • Child seat
  • Bicycle trailer
  • Child’s bicycle pull-bar
  • Luggage rack
  • Shopping basket
  • Carrying cases
  • Bicycle maintenance
Only the items or services listed above and detailed on one or more invoices will be accepted for the Bruxell’Air allowance. For information, the list of Brussels approved cyclist outlets can be found on the website www.provelo.org
Please contact Pro Velo Pro Velo (Brussels) for any questions regarding the items and services included in the bicycle allowance.

Which items do not qualify for the bicycle allowance?

  • Electric meter
  • Water bottle
  • Any padlock other than the 3 types allowed
  • GPS

Where can I redeem my bicycle allowance?

Only items purchased in or services provided by suppliers in the Brussels-Capital Region and detailed on an invoice or invoices will be accepted for the bicycle allowance. A private sale cannot be considered for the bicycle allowance.

Useful addresses

To follow up on your application for a Bruxell’air allowance, contact the STIB remote sales department on 02/515.50.68 (option 3) or by email on: abonnements@stib.brussels

STIB

Rue Royale, 76–1000 Brussels.
Information about STIB can be found on the website www.stib.be or on 070 23 2000/by email.

Vehicle Registration Service (Brussels)

  • City Atrium – Rue du Progrès, 56 - 1210 Brussels
  • Rue de l’Entrepôt, 11–1020 Brussels.

Information about the Vehicle Registration Service can be found on the website www.mobilit.fgov.be or by calling 02 277 30 50.

Cambio (Brussels)

Rue Thérésienne, 7 A-7C - 1000 Brussels.
Information about Cambio can be found on the website www.cambio.be or on 02 227 93 02.

Pro Velo (Brussels)

Rue de Londres, 15 - 1050 Brussels
Information about Pro Velo can be found on the website www.provelo.org or on 02 502 73 55

Approved centres for end-of-life vehicles in the Brussels Region.

Information about approved centres can be found on the website www.febelauto.be or on 02 681 08 84.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find here the answers to the most asked questions by people impacted by LEZ. If you do not find the answers, do not hesitate to contact us directly!

What should I do with my old vehicle?

If your vehicle does not meet the Low Emission Zone access criteria, you have a number of options:

  • Destroy your vehicle in an approved centre: if you decide to replace your old vehicle, we encourage you to destroy the old one in an approved centre.
  • Resell the vehicle second-hand (but not on the Brussels market).

I plan to buy a used vehicle. How can I be sure that I can drive in the LEZ?

You will need the vehicle's category, fuel type and Euro standard (from the vehicle registration document) to determine if the used vehicle can enter the LEZ. If the Euro standard is not available, the date of the vehicle's first registration may also be used.

Are you buying a used vehicle or light van in Belgium? The seller is legally required to give you a Car-Pass. The Car-Pass shows the odometer reading on different dates, the Euro standard and the CO2 emissions.
 

Check this information via the simulator to see if and until when the vehicle can enter the LEZ.

The most stringent conditions are imposed on diesel vehicles.

I’m going to buy a new vehicle. How can I be sure that I can drive in the LEZ?

New cars are in principle Euro 6 compliant and therefore may enter the LEZ. As a general rule, it is advisable to buy vehicles which pollute the least such as electric, natural gas, hydrogen or even petrol vehicles. Diesel vehicles emit more pollutants on average than petrol vehicles (nitrogen oxides in particular).

For example, a Euro 3 petrol vehicle can be operated until 2025. The most stringent conditions are imposed on diesel vehicles. Do not hesitate to ask your dealer for advice on the best choice for your budget, or use the simulator to find out the date until which the vehicle will be able to operate within the LEZ.

Not only is it a pleasant way of getting around, biking in Brussels is good for your health, your wallet and the planet. The more cyclists on the road, the fewer the number of cars, and the safer it is to cycle in the city. In recent years, Brussels has considerably expanded its cycling network, which now has 218 kilometres of bicycle lanes.

Need help to get on the saddle? Bike for Brussels brings together all the cycling initiatives in the region such as Gracq for advice, Brussels Mobility for safety and parking, Cyclo for repair workshops. The site includes some useful links including a bike journey planner to help you choose the fastest or most relaxed itinerary.

No bicycle?

Several shared bicycle schemes exist in Brussels:

  • The main ones, Villo! available at more than 360 stations,
  • The BlueBikes at the main Brussels train stations,
  • Billy or JUMP self-service electric bicycles,
  • Electronic scooter operators (Lime, Dott, Circ…),
  • Bicycles CyCLO or Swapfiets to rent a bicycle over the medium or long term.

Would you like to buy a bicycle? Choose durable and quality materials, and think about second hand options. Some shops allow customers to test bicycles for a certain period before purchase. Some Brussels communities offer local grants for the purchase, security and maintenance of bicycles. More info

Not very comfortable on the road?

Sign up for the BikeExperience: a coach will accompany you on your daily journeys and share tips and tricks with you. And if you don’t know how, or if riding a bicycle is a distant memory, Pro Velo organises cycling lessons for adult beginners.

If your vehicle is affected by the LEZ, you may want to give up the use of your personal car and change the way you travel. But where do you start if you are not familiar with the alternative mobility offers offered in Brussels? Take part in the Mobility Visit for free!

Mobility Visits are discovery tours around mobility, which aim to help people understand the evolution of transport offers and to enable them to test the new local mobility services in Brussels in a practical way.


Next Mobility Visit sessions

Date Heure Lieu Public Brochure Inscription
21/9 10h – 12h30 Uccle (gare de Viviers d’Oie) Toute personne senior impactée par la LEZ et domiciliée à Uccle Brochure FR
Brochure NL
S’inscrire en FR
S’inscrire en NL
22/9 12h – 14h30 Ixelles (place Sainte-Croix) Toute personne impactée par la LEZ et domiciliée à Ixelles Brochure FR
Brochure NL
S’inscrire en FR
S’inscrire en NL
23/9 12h-14h30 Simonis Priorité aux personnes impactées par la LEZ Brochure FR
Brochure NL
S'inscrire en FR 
S'inscrire en NL
26/9 10h – 12h30 Ligue des Familles À destination des membres de la Ligue (uniquement FR) Brochure FR S’inscrire en FR
29/9 9h – 12h Centrale de l’emploi À destination d'un groupe (fermé) de sans emploi / /
23/10 10h-12h30 Meiser Priorité aux personnes impactées par la LEZ Brochure FR
Brochure NL
S'inscrire en FR 
S'inscrire en NL
17/10 10h – 12h30 Anderlecht (place Saint- Guidon) Toute personne impactée par la LEZ et domiciliée à Anderlecht  Brochure FR
Brochure NL
S’inscrire en FR
S’inscrire en NL


How do Mobility Visits work?

In two and a half hours, you will discover and test all the means of transport that exist around you as part of a small group and in a practical way. Accompanied by a real specialist, you will first be introduced to current mobility trends.

You will then have the opportunity to get to the heart of the matter by testing electric scooters and bicycles (if you wish to do so), as well as shared services if they are available in the neighbourhood. Also discover the complementarity of the S network trains with STIB transportation, as well as the flexibility of car sharing, taxi services, or the various accompanying solutions for persons with reduced mobility. Finally, you'll learn how to juggle these different services with specialized navigation applications.

Do you still have specific questions about the different ways to get around Brussels? Our experts are at your disposal to answer your questions throughout the course.
 

Practical information

Mobility Visits are completely free of charge and take place several times a month from different locations in the Brussels Region: From Brouckère, Bockstael, Gare de l'Ouest, Flagey or Meiser. The 2.5 hour sessions take place at lunchtime, in the evening or during the weekend and can be in French and Dutch. As far as clothing is concerned, no specific equipment is required but comfortable and waterproof clothing and shoes are nevertheless recommended.

If you have any questions about the visits: mobilitycoach@environnement.brussels