Antwerp has implemented a Low Emission Zone in 1st February 2017.
Gent will implement a Low Emission Zone in 2020.
Mechelen is planning to implement an LEZ, too. The exact date is not set yet. But is expected for 2020. The details aren't clear, yet. But the LEZ will be based on the LEZ Antwerpen and on the Flemish framework.
The Brussels-Capital Region has implemented a Low Emission Zone 1st January 2018.
WATCH OUT. There are no stickers in Belgium. One company is offering a sticker and day passes - but at significant Extra Cost. Only use official websites to register for LEZs or other schemes. From the city, registration is free, and day pases are much cheaper.
The minimum standards are:
1st January 2018:
Electric vehicles with a Belgian licence plate are always allowed to enter the LEZs without registration and for free.
Cars, vans <3.5t, busses and tour busses
If your vehicle doesn't meet the minimum standard required you can buy up to 8 times a year a day pass for 35€/day. This will be possible from summer 2018 on.
The LEZ includes the entire Brussels-Capital Region.
The following streets are also excluded from the LEZ:
- boulevard Henri Simonet
- the round about Henri Simonet
- avenue Joseph Wybran (only between the round about Henri Simonet the regional boundary)
- la route de Lennik (only between the regional boundary and the round about Henri Simonet)
Belgian vehicles: No
From summer 2018 on foreign vehicles must register. The registration is mandatory and free of charge. (See below)
Yes, are affected and need to get registered.
However, vehicles registered abroad must be registered before entering the Brussels region. This is because the Belgian national vehicle database does not have the data about these vehicles.
Registration is therefore compulsory and free of charge.
Registration must be carried out as from summer 2018. The precise measures for registering your vehicle still need to be defined by the Brussels authorities.
However, no new fine is payable until three months after the fine was sent. This allows you to take the necessary steps towards changing your vehicle or to changing your travel habits
A transition phase is planned until October 2018. Until October a warning will be sent. After October a penalty will have to be paid.
For vehicles that need to register, but has not (even if it meets the access criteria), a fine of €150 might be payable.
Belgium has three parts. Flanders, Brussels and Walloon.
There is a LEZ framework for Flanders. Brussels has a scheme.
It will be possible to buy a pass for 8 individual days a year to enter Brussels if your car doesn't meet the standards.
The following vehicles are exempted from the LEZ:
- motorised two-wheelers
- lorries > 3.5t delivering goods
- agricultural and forestry tractors
- electric vehicles
- hydrogen-powered vehicles
- priority vehicles (namely vehicles with one or more blue flashing lights and a specific alarm signal. Police vehicles, for example.)
- emergency vehicles (police, army, civil protection or road authorities)
- army vehicles
- historic vehicles
- exceptional traffic
- vehicles of handicapped people with the proper parking card
- vehicles equipped with a wheelchair lift
- vehicles especially adapted for markets, fairs, parades and mobile businesses
- school busses