Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Utrecht - Netherlands
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 15-02-2019
Type of environmental zone
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicle class: car, camper (M1), van (N1) , truck (N2, N3)
Fuel type: diesel
Euro standard: 0-3
Fines: 95 - 240 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The environmental zone includes the city centre, the railway station district and the Jaarbeurs.
Special features: Retrofitting permitted : yes (particulate matter)
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Municipal Office
Phone: +31 30 286 00 00
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
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