Exemptions for lorries in the Netherlands are nationally agreed.

There are two types of exemptions, national exemptions which are centrally administered and local exemptions which are administered by the municipality.

National Exemptions:

The special vehicles below may get an exemption, if the vehicle is not older than 13 years from the date of first registration.

Most special vehicles are identified by the use of the device code they receive from the RDW (vehicle registration agency).

  • Crane or mobile crane (Device Code 11)
  • Platform (Device Code 29)
  • Concrete mixer, concrete mixer (Device Code 34)
  • Concrete pump (Device Code 46)
  • Suction / Pumping vehicle (Device Code 38)
  • Fire engine (Device Code 45)
  • Shopping or retail / exhibition purposes (Device Code 50)
  • Street sweeper, street cleaning, sewer piston (Device Code 66)
  • Armoured vehicle (Device Code 91)

The owner of these vehicles need to apply for an exemption. is mandated to grant the exemption. You can check your vehicle number plate here will determine whether authorized by exemption for your vehicle.

There are also vehicles which might qualify for a device code above. Using a re-inspection by the RDW, your vehicle could qualify for a device code of an Extraordinary and therefore an exemption into the LEZ. See the Dutch national website for more details

There are other special vehicles, which qualify for exemptions, (click on the link for further details) exceptional transport, fairground and circus vehicles, removal vehicles and commercial vehicles with heavy crane.

Municipal exemptions:
- Daily exemption if you visit each LEZ less than 12 times a year. Municipalities often a charge for this.
- Exemption if you have ordered a new vehicle.
- Hardship exemptions on a case-by-case basis, if the company is financially unable in the short term to afford a filter or cleaner vehicle and the business's livelihood depends on having this cleaner vehicle.

City exemptions for the light duty and car LEZs:





Further information on Dutch lorry exemptions, how to apply for them, contact details etc can be found on these two webpages of the national Dutch LEZ website: rural exemptions and local exemptions.

These exemptions are listed for your guide only. They are not officially translated, and are current as of Spring 2018. The original on the city/regional/national website is the only accurate source.

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