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Amsterdam introduced a Low Emission Zone for lorries >3.5t on the 9th October 2008.

1 January 2018 Amsterdam has introduced a Low Emission Zone for mopeds, taxis and tour buses.

2020 Amsterdam wants to tighten the standard for lorries >3.5t.

Amsterdam's goal for the future is to be as much emission-free as possible by 2025. Hence electric vehicles are promoted in Amsterdam.

For 2026 Amsterdam wants its public bus transport to be emission free.

All cities in the Netherlands that have a Low Emission Zone have one thing in common:

  • minimum standard for lorries > 3.5T is Euro 4

Low Emission Zones in the Netherlands

Which citiy enforces what kind of vehicle?



need to be built after:

Delivery vans

need to be built after:

Diesel taxis, mopeds, buses and coaches, camper vans (M1) need to be built after:

Lorries >3.5t

Amsterdam until 2020



1-1-2000 (Euro 3)

Diesel taxis 1-1-2009 (Euro 5)

Mopeds 1-1-2011

Buses and coaches 1-1-2005 (Euro 4)

Camper vans 1-1-2000 (Euro 3)



Diesel Euro 4


Amsterdam from 2020

Standard will be tightened


From 1-1-2019 on: Diesel

Euro 4



Diesel Euro 4









Den Haag













Petrol 1-1-1990 (Euro 1)

Diesel 1-1-2006 (Euro 4)

Mopeds might be affected too in the future






Petrol 1-7-1992 (Euro 1)

Diesel 1-1-2001 (Euro 3)











Diesel 1-1-2001 (Euro 3)

Campervans <3.5t 1-1-2001

More information on Euro standards.

Lorries >3.5T, delivery vans, mopeds, buses, coaches, camper vans.

low emission zone

Amsterdam LEZ map
key: green shaded area is the LEZ for commercial vehicles and motorhomes / camper vans (N1 vehicles) with a diesel engine built before 1-1-2000, diesel taxis built before 1-1-2009 and all buses and coaches built before 1-1-2005



blue shaded area is the ZTL for motorcycles and mopeds built before 1 January 2011

From 1.1.2020 the LEZ for buses coaches will cover this same, larger area.
An here is also available from the city webpage. You can also choose the area for your type of LEZ.

    Road Sign
The Dutch LEZ signs are:

You are approaching an LEZ: You are entering an LEZ: You are leaving an LEZ
Dutch approaching LEZ sign Dutch Entering LEZ sign Dutch leaving LEZ sign


Road signs for light duty LEZs:
Dutch light duty vehicle low emission zone


No registration needed, information is taken from the Dutch national vehicle register

Foreign vehicles are affected

Permanent, 365 days a year

With cameras viewing number plates.

€230 fine for lorries.
90€ fine for other vehicle types, 95€ after 1.1.2018

A National LEZ Covenant signed by Dutch government, municipalities and other stakeholders, whereby all Low Emissions Zones in the Netherlands apply the same Euro standards, as outlined above for lorries.
The national scheme also allows for LEZs applied to light duty vehicles <3.5T from 2013. The cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Arnhem have light duty LEZs in operation or about to be in operation

Netherlands Exemptions + Amsterdam exemptions
There are no exemptions available for coaches.
Campervans can enter the LEZ if they are classified as M1. Dutch campers that are classified as N1 but registered as a camper, the registration authorities can re-register it as an M1 car.


A list of streets and postcodes for Amsterdam (zipped txt-file 1MB).

Information in Dutch on all the different LEZs in Amsterdam
Amsterdam overview & details of schemes
For more information about subsidy for electric vehicles go here.

Amsterdam city website
City leaflet on the lorry LEZ (in Dutch).
City infographic on the stages of the Amsterdam Low Emission Zone (in English).

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