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Exemptions

Browse the list of vehicles eligible for an exemption (automatic or on-demand) and find out if your vehicle can benefit from it. A request for an exemption can be made 1 year before the vehicle is banned from circulation, at the earliest.

Vehicle adapted for the transport of handicapped persons

These are vehicles which have been adapted for the disabled, on condition that the person registered with the licence plate or a person living at the same address has a special disabled parking permit.

Exemption to be requested via form

To validate your request for an exemption you must attach to this form:

  • The parking card
  • Any relevant document attesting to the specific adaptation of the vehicle (a picture for example)

Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

Vehicles registered abroad must first be registered before an exemption application can be submitted.

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Vehicles of disabled persons with preferential reimbursement status

It is not yet possible to apply for this exemption, as it has not yet been definitively adopted. However, the Government has announced that it will enter into force with retroactive effect from 1 April 2020.

These are vehicles where the holder of the licence plate, or a person domiciled at the same address, is entitled to a preferential reimbursement for healthcare services (BIM status) AND is the holder of a parking card for disabled persons (special card referred to in Article 27.4.3 of the Highway Code). The exemption can only be requested for one vehicle per special card. 
The beneficiaries of this preferential reimbursement are those who benefit from a social advantage or a certain status such as:
 
  • a living wage or equivalent assistance
  • guaranteed income for the elderly
  • disability allowance
You can check your complementary health insurance stickers to find out whether you have preferential reimbursement status. Look at the 6-digit code (xxx/xxx). If the third number is 1, you have preferential reimbursement status.

Exemption to be requested via form
To validate your request for an exemption you must attach to this form:
 
  • The parking card
  • A certificate from your complementary health insurance company proving that you benefit from a preferential reimbursement for healthcare services
Once you’ve received it, the exemption will be valid for 5 years on condition that there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

Vehicles registered abroad must first be registered before an exemption application can be submitted.
 
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Vehicle equipped with a wheelchair lift

These are vehicles equipped with an integrated system which permits wheelchair boarding to the vehicle (lift, ramp...).

Exemption to be requested via form

To validate your request for exemption, you will need to attach a copy of proof of the adaptation of a wheelchair boarding system to the vehicle (a picture for example).

Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

Vehicles registered abroad must first be registered before an exemption application can be submitted.

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Vintage vehicles over 30 years old

Vintage vehicles over 30 years old registered in Belgium

The exemption is granted automatically if all the following conditions are met:

  • The vehicle is registered in Belgium
  • The vehicle is more than 30 years old
  • The vehicle has a Belgian registration plate "O", "1-O" or a personalised registration plate (in accordance with Article 4, §2, of the Ministerial Decree of 23 July 2001 on vehicle registration)
  • The vehicle is not used for commercial purposes.

In this case, the exemption is automatic, there is no action to take and you can drive in the Brussels Low Emission Zone (LEZ).The exemption is granted for an indefinite period.

Vintage vehicles over 30 years old registered abroad (“Old-timer”)

An exemption must be requested via the online form.

To validate your exemption application you must :

  • Register your vehicle
  • Enclose a copy of the registration certificate

Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

Vintage vehicles over 30 years old registered in Belgium and used for commercial purposes (“Old-timer”)

For example, rental vehicles used for weddings or other events.

An exemption must be requested via the online form.

To validate your exemption request, you will need to attach proof that the vehicle is part of a business concept and is used for commercial or tourist leisure purposes (e.g. via photos or a copy of a brochure)

Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

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Fair/market vehicles

These are vehicles especially adapted for markets, fairs, parades, and mobile shops. Market vehicles where the driving element and the sales part are made of one piece, such as a food truck or a vehicle fitted out for fishmongers or butchers, are considered as such. For fair vehicles, the funfair element cannot be detached from the driving element.

Exemption to be requested via form

To validate your request for exemption, you will need proof of the adaptation of the vehicle (e.g. an invoice for the adaptation costs or photos in which the registration number and the adaptation of the vehicle are clearly visible).

Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

Vehicles registered abroad must first be registered before an exemption application can be submitted.

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Vehicles especially equipped for the maintenance and inspection of public installations and infrastructures

These are vehicles especially equipped for the maintenance and inspection of public facilities and infrastructure. These vehicles are identifiable by their bodywork, equipment or other permanent characteristics. The driving element and the functional element must form a single block. This category covers certain utility vehicles, distribution system operators, road service operators and their subcontractors: sewer cleaners, sweepers, cable laying vehicles, tram line maintenance vehicles, etc. These are vehicles equipped for specific tasks and that require significant investment.

Exemption to be requested via form

To validate your request for exemption, you will need proof of the adaptation of the vehicle (e.g. an invoice for the adaptation costs or photos in which the registration number and the adaptation of the vehicle are clearly visible).

Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.

Vehicles registered abroad must first be registered before an exemption application can be submitted.

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Armed forces vehicles

Please contact info.fiscalite@fisc.brussels in order to provide the vehicle data.

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Priority vehicles

These are priority vehicles (as defined by article 37 of the Highway Code) i.e. vehicles equipped with one or more flashing blue lights and a special horn. These include police vehicles, for example.

Please contact info.fiscalite@fisc.brussels in order to provide the vehicle data.

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Vehicles running on hydrogen

The exemption is granted automatically.

These vehicles are not affected by the low-emission zone access criteria. They can therefore travel around Brussels. If the vehicles is registered abroad, registration is compulsory to drive in the LEZ.

Electric vehicles

The exemption is granted automatically.

These vehicles are not affected by the low-emission zone access criteria. They can therefore travel around Brussels. If the vehicles is registered abroad, registration is compulsory to drive in the LEZ.

Motor homes

This is a special purpose vehicle of category M designed to be used as a dwelling, of which the liveable compartment includes at least the following equipment: seats and a table, bunks that can be created with or without a seat, a kitchenette, storage spaces. This equipment must be non-removable; however, the table can be designed to be easily retracted.

Motorhomes registered in Belgium:

The exemption is granted automatically.

They can therefore travel within Brussels.

Motorhomes registered abroad:

An exemption must be requested via the online form.

To validate your exemption application you must:
  • Register your vehicle;
  • Enclose a copy of the registration certificate.
  • Any relevant document providing evidence that the vehicle is a motorhome (e.g. a photo where the number plate is visible).
Once obtained, an exemption will be valid for 3 years on condition that the there is no change in the terms and conditions of exemption.
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Vehicles used for emergencies

Vehicles used in emergency situations or rescue operations, at the request of the fire brigade, police, army, civil defence or road authorities.

The exemption is granted automatically.

There is no need to take any action, you can drive with complete peace of mind! The exemption is granted for an indefinite period.

The exemption is granted automatically after the emergency situation. Automatic exemption do not have a validity period.

Motorized two-wheelers (category L)

The exemption is granted automatically.

These vehicles are not affected by the low-emission zone access criteria. They can therefore travel around Brussels. There are no formalities, whether they are registered in Belgium or abroad.

Heavy goods vehicles (> 3.5 tonnes)

These are vehicles designed for the transport of goods, category N2 or N3, as well as vehicles of category N1 which have the body code BC.

The exemption is granted automatically.

These vehicles are not affected by the low-emission zone access criteria. They can therefore travel within the territory of the Brussels Region. There are no formalities, whether they are registered in Belgium or abroad.

Have you already submitted an application?

Once submitted, the exemption application will be processed within 69 days of receipt. Please note: if you have not yet received confirmation of your exemption application and/or if the vehicle in question does not meet the access criteria and travels inside the Low Emission Zone, the vehicle’s owner may be fined. If the request is accepted, the exemption is sent by post to the applicant (or by email if you are domiciled abroad).

More than 20 vehicles?

For companies or other types of organisations with a fleet of more than 20 vehicles, it is possible to submit a “mass” exemption application by contacting Bruxelles Fiscalité (Brussels Taxation) via our contact form

N.B.

  • The fact that your vehicle is equipped with a particulate filter does not in any way permit an exemption to travel in the LEZ. It is the Euro standards that count, even if you have installed a retrofit particulate filter.
  • No exemption is provided for vehicles used for professional reasons (with the exception of those included in the above list).
  • No modification on the engine of your vehicle can modify the Euro standard of the vehicle.

Has your exemption expired?

To find out the validity date of your exemption, use the simulator.

Renewal applications must be submitted at least 3 months before the expiry of the exemption. N.B.: no expiry reminders will be sent.

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