Umeå has had a Low Emission Zone since the 1st April 2014 according to the Swedish LEZ framework.
Dates and details
Vehicles are allowed in for 6 years from the date of first registration. Euro 3 vehicles 8 years from date of first registration. See table below. This means that:
All heavy, diesel-powered lorries and buses.
When Umea municipality takes over the control for the Western Esplanade, this will also be included in the LEZ. This will probably happen when the western link in the Umea ring road is completed.
Similar signs are on the entry to each Swedish LEZ.
Need to Register?
Vehicles that meet environmental zone rules need no decal. Vehicles that have current decal under the rules that applied before 2007 must have an exemption sticker placed prominently displayed in the windscreen.
Foreign vehicles affected?
Adapted vehicles must meet all the emissions standards of the set Euro standard. It is possible to upgrade a Euro-2 and Euro-3 vehicles to Euro-5 via retrofitting emission control devices (such as particulate trap with SCR) approved by the Swedish Transport Agency.
It is important to retrofit with equipment that conforms with the rules for the Swedish LEZs. Those vehicles with an existing permit from the previous ruling on retrofitting with just particulate traps are still allowed.
The LEZ scheme is a local scheme operated by separate cities, but on a national framework. So the standards for each Swedish city are the same, see the standards outlined above.
Local name for the scheme
A leaflet on the Swedish LEZs can be found here in English, here in Swedish, and here in German.
Umea city website