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Gent has an access regulation in place and a low emission zone will be implemented in 2020.

Gent has divided the inner city into six sectors and the historic center. The historic center is car-free. There are also car-free areas in the other sectors. The combination of the car-free areas and streets ensure that there is no through traffic. The traffic is forced to use the inner ring road to circulate in the city.

access regulation

access regulation map for Gent Belgiumkey:

light orange shaded areas: old car-free areas

dark orange shaded areas: new car-free areas

    Road Sign
Gent access regulation road sign

Only the following can get a permit to enter the car-free areas:

- residents of the car-free area with a parking space or a garage (only for the area they live in)

- residents can apply for a visitor's permit

- hotels can apply for guest's permit

- vehicles doing loading

- vehicles for handicapped people

- health care providers

To enter the closed streets Ottogracht, Bargiebrug and Hippoliet Lippensplein, you need a permit.

Go here for more information on how to get a permit.

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If you enter the car-free area without a proper permit you pay a fine of 55 €.



The following need no permit to enter the car-free area:

- taxis

- bicycles and mopeds

- garbage collection

- public transport

The closed streets Ottogracht, Bargiebrug and Hippoliet Lippensplein can only be entered by emergency services, public transport, taxis and garbage collection vehicles. The others need a permit.

Loading and unloading is only allowed with a proper permit in area 1 - 4 from 18:00 - 11:00 and in area 5 (Overpoortstraat) from 05:00 - 19:00.

Autovrij Gebied; Circulatieplan binnenstad

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