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Low emission zone Brussels

Important!

Brussels has an environmental zone: Brussels

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Brussels - Belgium

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 01-01-2018

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 and the Netherlands
Vehicle class: cars, campers (M1), bus (M2, M3), vans (N1)
Type of fuel: petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG
Euro norm: 0-1 (petrol), 0-3 (diesel)

Fines: 350 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The whole Brussels region with all its 19 municipalities, an area of 161km² und 1.175.000 inhabitants, is affected. The environmental zone is bordered on the west and the north by Europastraße E19, on the east by Europastraße E40 and on the south by the municipality Watermaal-Bosvoorde. The restrictions of the LEZ of Brussels do not apply to the Europastraßen E19 and E40. Also excluded are 3 Park&Ride parking areas: Céria Coovi, Stalle (Ukkel), Kraainem (Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe).

Special features: Retrofit allowed: no

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Region Brussels, +32(0)27757575, info@lez.brussels

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Brussels

Do I need stickers or registrations?

To enter the low emission zone, each vehicle concerned requires a valid registration. Otherwise a fine of 150 Euro to 350 Euro is to be expected.

The beginning and end of the environmental zones are marked with signs. This shows a red circle as a prohibition sign with a vehicle causing emissions. Who exactly is allowed to enter or not is not indicated by the entry sign.


In our Green-Zones App we have a detailed map of each low emission zone. So you can easily recognize the borders and avoid penalties.

There are 3 low emission zones in Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent


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Fines in Germany too low

When comparing the fines for traffic offenders in Europe, it is striking how little one actually has to pay in Germany. This also applies to unauthorised entry into environmental zones or other closed roads. In the past, there was even a point in Flensburg for this, but this has been abolished in the meantime, as the road safety of road users is not considered to be at risk. Nevertheless, the question arises as to the efficiency of environmental zones when, firstly, there are hardly any checks and, secondly, fines are rarely collected.

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