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 (Brussel, Antwerp, Ghent) and European cities to improve air quality and therefore public health.
Am I affected?
The access criteria for driving in the LEZ depend on the category, fuel and euro norm of the vehicle.
Read more 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, 2, 3 and 4 standard or petrol under the Euro 0 and 1 standard are banned from entering the zone. The access criteria will be tightened in 2025. From 01/01/2025, the LEZ will also apply to mopeds, motorbikes and other light two-, three-, or four-wheelers (category L) and trucks(category N2, N3 and N1 with the body code BC).
How to get around the Brussels-Capital Region?
Cars are not the ideal means of transport in the Brussels-Capital Region. Adopt alternatives to the car!
I wish to purchase a day pass
You can still drive in the LEZ by purchasing a day pass. This costs €35 per day. A maximum of 24 day passes are available per year and per vehicle.
I wish to apply for an exemption
Exemptions exist for certain types of vehicles. Some are granted automatically while others must be applied for.