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.
Am I affected?
The access criteria for driving in the LEZ depend on the category, fuel and euro norm of the vehicle.
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.
Our health is at stake
The European Environment Agency estimates that polluting emissions from engines caused 68,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2016.
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.
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 8 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.