A number of cities have decided against implementing an LEZ. A selection of these are given below. There have been many reasons, and many factors towards the reasoning



Czech Republic

There is an LEZ with a national framework in the Czech Republic, based largely on the German framework. So only Prague has decided to implement an LEZ, as well as having a permit-based access regulation in Prague. One of the other Czech cities actively investigating an LEZ was Klimkovice.


There have been two studies in France on LEZs, and there were feasibility studies started in 8 authorities: Paris, Greater Lyon, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Clermont, Pays d'Aix, Plaine, Nice and Bordeaux. So far only Paris has decided to implement an LEZ.


Norway has been considering a road-tolling-based LEZ for three cities for a number of years, to build on their current road tolling. So far only Bergen has published an air quality action plan that includes an LEZ. Information on the considered schemes can be found under our Norway pages.


Switzerland has investigated LEZs. The federal states took a vote on allowing LEZs in Swiss law. The vote decided that LEZs should not be enabled in Swiss law.


A number of UK cities have undertaken feasibility studies into LEZs. These include Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, West Midlands, Glasgow, Bath, Warwick, Sheffield. So far no city outside London has decided to implement a full LEZ. There are still investigations going on and discussions about a national framework. Four cities outside London have implemented bus-LEZs, Brighton, Norwich, Nottingham and Oxford.

Helmond, The Netherlands

Helmond decided on the basis of an impact assessment that an LEZ was not an effective measure for Helmond. There air pollution problem was not significantly due to lorry emissions. This meant that an LEZ in Helmond would have less impact.

Regensburg, Germany

For many years Regensburg had an LEZ as a planned measure, with the start date not yet set. The LEZ is now stated as a measure in the air quality management plan, but no longer as a actively planned measure. Regensburg website (external website).


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