Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Antwerp - Belgium
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-02-2017
Type of environmental zone: Permanent, 24 hours a day
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Country of registration: all except Belgium, Netherlands
Vehicle class: cars, campers (M1), buses (M2, M3), vans (N1), trucks (N2, N3)
Type of fuel: petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG
Euronorm: 0-1 (petrol, LPG, CNG), 0-4 (diesel)
Badge/registration/authorisation: Entry with registration only
Fines: 150 to 350 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The area between the entire city centre and part of the district Linkeroever (between the E17, the Park & Ride Linkeroever and the Sint-Annabos) has been declared environmental zone. The environmental zone covers 20 km² and affects about 200.000 inhabitants.
Special features: Retrofit allowed: yes (PM)
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: City of Antwerp, Stadsontwikkeling, Grote Markt 1, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; firstname.lastname@example.org
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
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