Innovative and exemplary mobility projects wanted. Participate in the Austrian Travel Club (VCÖ) mobility award. Deadline 30th of June 2014. More information.

Do not forget to respond to our questionnaire to help us help you. We have a prize draw from those responding to the questionnaire. The prize is a ‘Black Forest Care Parcel’ (Black Forest Ham, Truffle Salami, wine and Schnapps (unfortunately a Black Forest Gateau would not survive the post!)).


Lauching a questionnaire to help us help you!

In order to give you the website you need as we go from LEEZEN to CLARS, we have launched a questionnaire:  We very much hope you will complete the questionnaire to help us help you. Deadline for responses 18th April 2014.


Utrecht, the Netherlands will have an LEZ affecting light duty diesel vehicles from 1.1.2015.

The Italian winter LEZs stop working for this year on the 31st March. Most They re-start again in the Autumn.

Arnhem, the Netherlands will start a lorry LEZ on 1st April 2014, standard Euro 4, according to the Dutch national framework.

Umeå, Sweden will have an LEZ from the 1st April 2014, vehicles must be less than 6 years old, or 8 years if Euro 3, according to the Swedish LEZ framework.


LEEZEN secures funding and becomes CLARS

We have won an EU tender that will enable us not only to provide the LEEZEN website further, but importantly to be extended to cover urban access regulation schemes; including urban road user charging, Low Emission Zones and other access restriction schemes. These are the regulations that many cities and towns use to improve air quality, liveability, congestion, reduce noise etc. This enables us to truly become the 1 stop shop on urban access regulation schemes called for by the industry. We will also be able to support cities and other public authorities with their schemes.

Hence LEEZEN is extended to become CLARS (Charging, Low Emission Zones, other Access Regulation Schemes).

The website will be extended and developed during 2014, and will include a stakeholder consultation for your input and public authority membership. Further details will follow in alerts. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The regional LEZ around Stuttgart and region will include the towns of Ditzingen, Gerlingen, Hemmingen, Korntal-Münchingen and Schwieberdingen in the new regional LEZ for „Leonberg/Hemmingen and Region“ from 2nd December 2013.

Borgo Valsugana winter LEZs re-started on 6th November. Confirmation still awaiting for other LEZs in Trentino Province

Trento and Rovereto winter LEZs re-started on 1st November.
The Italian winter LEZs are starting up for Autumn 2013:

Athens odd and even number plate scheme exempts cleaner vehicles, making it a kind of LEZ. It starts up for the winter from the 9th September 2013.

Naples LEZ has changed and is now continuing with no end date set. See our Naples page for more details.

Schramberg is an LEZ from 1st July 2013.

Dutch LEZs from 1st July 2013 only allow Euro 4 and above lorries access

Rome from 1st July 2013, Euro 4 goods vehicles cannot have access from 17:30 to 20:00

Palermo's LEZ is no longer in operation. It may re-start following the new traffic plan, please check regularly for updates.

Milan's Area C is now confirmed as being in operation until further notice, extended beyond the previous 31.1.13.

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Wendlingen, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany started its LEZ on 2nd  April 2013, Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1, green sticker.

Alert March 2013


Austria A12 Motorway night time ban, exemptions are now EEV lorries (until 31.12.13) and Euro VI (until 31.12.15).

The Italian Winter LEZs are about to come to an end until next winter. In Emila Romagna, Bolzano, Trentino, Umbria Regions and Aosta, from 31st March and Lombardia Region from 15th April and Rovigo from 19th April. 


Umea, Sweden, has confirmed it will implement an LEZ from 1st April 2014 for heavy duty vehicles, according to the Swedish LEZ framework. Heavy duty vehicles are allowed 6 years from the date of first registration, Euro 3 vehicles 8 years from date of first registration.

Naples LEZ continues until at least 30.06.13.

London's LEZ will tighten for NOx in 2015 for TfL buses only. This will be met by new Euro VI & hybrid buses together with retrofitting 900 buses with SCR. 

London's Mayor announced work to start on planning an ultra low emission zone in 2020.  See London's press release.

Mainz and Wiesbaden (Germany) started their joint LEZ 1st February, Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1

Ferentino, in Lazio, Italy has an LEZ on Wednesdays until April.

Alert January 2013
Prato has confirmed that the LEZ is continuing in 2013, nominally until the 31st December, but going by past experience, expect it to be extended.

As indicated, in Trentino, the cities of Lavis and Levico Terme have confirmed their winter LEZ as being in operation.


Many LEZs tighten today - please see below!

Retrofitting is allowed in Prague's LEZ.
December alert (2)

Uppsala’s LEZ is starting for heavy duty vehicles on 1st January 2013, minimum standard Euro 3

In Trentino Pergine Valsugana and Lavis have confirmed their winter LEZ as being in operation. Further confirmations in Trentino may follow.

December alert

Steiermarks LEZ in Graz and many parts of Steiermark, Austria.

Remscheid, Germany LEZ starts 1st January 2013, Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1

The LEZ for Ludwigsburg, Markgröningen, PleidelsheimFreiberg am Neckar, and Ingersheim in Baden-Württemberg also covers Kornwestheim, Asperg, Möglingen, Tamm and Bietigheim-Bissingen since 1st January 2013.

Lots of LEZs tighten 1.1.13, particularly in Germany
The Ruhr LEZ, covering: Bochum, Bottrop, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Gladbeck, Herne, Herten, Mühlheim, Oberhausen, and Recklinghausen. (Euro 3/Euro 1), as well as the other NRW LEZs of: Bonn, Dortmund, Hagen and Köln (Cologne): Euro 3/Euro 1
Baden-Württemberg: Freiberg am Neckar, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Ingersheim, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Markgröningen, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Remscheid, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen, Ulm and Urbach: Euro 4/Euro 1
Elsewhere in Germany Magdeburg & Halle (Saale): Euro 4/Euro 1
In Italy Rome's ZTL1 for Coaches tightens to Euro 4.
In Umbria, Perugia and Ponte San Giovanni have emergency measure LEZs that can be implemented from 10th December – 31st March when they have high pollution levels.
In the Czech Republic Prague's LEZ tighens to Euro 4.

Retrofits certified in Europe have changed

A12 Motorway, Austria, Euro IV lorries no longer given exemption for the night time ban, exemptions are now Euro V, Euro VI and EEV lorries only.

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Rovigo, Italy, has confirmed their winter LEZ will re-start on 12th November 2012, with the same standards as last winter.

Mainz and Wiesbaden, Germany have confirmed their joint LEZ starting 1st February 2013, Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 

In Trentino province, Italy, Trento and Borgo Valsugana have confirmed that the winter LEZs re-starting on 1st November 2012. There may be other LEZs in Trentio province confirming, we will let you know as we hear.

Umbria re-starts as emergency measures from 10 December - 31 March as an emergency measure after periods of high air pollution, and is not always in operation


Neu-Ulm’s LEZ tightens 5th November 2012 to Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1

Rome has a general permenant LEZ starting from 1st November 2012 affecting all vehicles

Lombardia’s winter LEZs re-start 15th October 2012, affecting the largest cities and towns. A permenant LEZs affecting motorcycles and public buses in the entire region is also in place. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

Genova’s permit access system has requirements for Euro 3 standards for some vehicles

In Toscana, Capannori and Livorno no longer operate LEZs, other standards have changed, check each relevant city.

Many Emilia Romagna comunes no longer operate LEZs; Bologna, Carpi, Faenza, Ferrara, Forli, Monte San Pietro, Reggio Emilia and those outside the cities. (winter LEZ restarted 1st October 2012)

The winter LEZs in Emilia Romagna region re-start with tightened standards on 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013, and will do the same for the next 2 years.

Naples LEZ continues until at least 31.12.12

Milan’s Area C congestion charge combined with an LEZ is confirmed as in operation until at least 31.3.13.

Verona’s LEZ for commercial vehicles (L2, N5, N) tightens to Euro 3 1.12.2012.

Erfurt will start on 1st October with a Euro 4(PM) for diesel  and Euro 1 for petrol standard 

Both Munich and Dinslaken will tighten on 1st October to a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard 

Mainz and Wiesbaden are planning a joint LEZ, from 1st February with a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard 

Dinslaken (Germany NRW) LEZ will tighten to Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker on 1st October 2012

Hagen (Germany NRW) has decided that the LEZ will tighten to Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker on 1st July 2014

Mainz is planning an LEZ, which would be a joint LEZ together with Wiesbaden.

Bonn, Germany tightened to Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Yellow Sticker on 1st July 2012

Erfurt will start on 1st October with a Euro 4(PM) for diesel  and Euro 1 for petrol standard, Green sticker
Krefeld will tighten on 1st July to a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard, Green sticker 
Munich will tighten on 1st October to a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard, Green sticker 
Rome tightened from 1st July so that Euro 2 and 3 lorries cannot have access from 7:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 20:00.

Graz, Austria is re-considering implementing an LEZ.

There is now a properly translated overview of LEZs in Polish, as well as the already available Italian and German.

Our site has new features! Drop-down menus added for quick access to all city details, Larger homepage map for better one-click access for major cities, Better country maps and navigation for Italy and Germany.

Cologne extends its LEZs area from 1st April 2012. It also confirmed standards tightening fromm 1.1.13 and 1.1.14.

Lisbon’s LEZ tightens and extends on the 1st April 2012. Euro 2 in the inner area, Euro 1 in the outer area.

Erfurt and Wiesbaden confirmed have that they will be implementating LEZ (starting October 2012 in Erfurt, December 2012 in Wiesbaden).

The LEZ in Napoli has been altered and extended until at least 30.6.12.

LEZ tightening 3.1.12:  London also now includes vans. See the press release, in other languages on the London page.

LEZ starting 16.1.12: Central Milan's 'Area C' congestion charge and LEZ.

LEZs starting 1.1.12: Heidenheim, Urbach, Freiberg am Neckar, Ingersheim, Hagen, Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herne and Herten, all in Germany.

LEZs tightening 1.1.12: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Markgröningen, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen, Ulm, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Neu-Ulm in Germany. As well as Lisbon, Rome.

Milan's Ecopass is no longer in operation from 1.1.12, and is replaced by a congestion charge that also combines as an LEZ, banning certain Euro standard verhicles called 'Area C', which starts in operation on 16.1.12.

In Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Heidenheim & Urbach start and Pleidelsheim expands to include Freiberg am Neckar & Ingersheim on 1.1.12. The standard is Euro 3(PM)

Hagen, Germany LEZ starts 1.1.2012

The existing Baden-Württemberg LEZs are tightening to Euro 3(PM), these are: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Markgröningen, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen, Ulm. The exception is Stuttgart which is tightening to Euro 4.

Frankfurt is tightening to Euro 4(PM)

Neu-Ulm is tightening to Euro 3(PM) 1.1.2012

The Ruhr LEZ expand their area to a single area of 820km2 1.1.2012. The current Ruhr LEZs are: Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mühlheim, Oberhausen, and Recklinghausen. From 1.1.12 it will also include Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herne and Herten.)

Osnabrück is tightening to Euro 4(PM) 3.1.2012 

Further Italian winter LEZs confimed for this year:
   Aosta winter LEZ re-started November 2011 (Euro 1)

   Trentino Province winter LEZs re-started November: Levico Terme, Rovereto, Trento, Lavis, Pergine Valsugana and Borgo Valsugana. Ala and Mezzocorona are no longer LEZs.

   Rovigo winter LEZ re-started November and tightening to Euro 3 for diesels.

Verona all year round LEZ was tightened to Euro 2

Portugal: Lisbon is Portugals first LEZ!

Hungary: Budapest has an emissions-related charging system

London: Press release, less than 4 months to go! English, Czech (CZ), Danish (DK), French (FR), German (DE), Italian (IT), Lithuanian (LT), Hungarian (HU), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Spanish (ES).

Bolzano / SüdTirol's LEZs re-start  1st November 2011 and will operate all year

Emilia-Romagna region LEZs re-start 1st October 2011

Lombardy LEZs become permenent from 15th October 2011

Rome starts an LEZ for goods vehicles on 1st November 2011, to add to its coach and motorcycle LEZs.

Magdeburg & Halle (Saale) (DE) starting LEZ 1st September 2011.

Milan's Ecopass extended until at least December 2011.

New features: You can now link straight to our site in your language. Add the country code after, eg
                           In addition to the automatic translations, we also have an overview fully translated by mother-tongue speakers in German and Italian.

Bremen tightening 1/7/2011 for German green sticker
Dinslaken starting 1/7/11, German yellow sticker
Markgröningen starting 1/7/11, German red sticker

London's press release about the changes in January 2012 for vans and heavy duty vehicles, available in English, Czech (CZ), Danish (DK), French (FR), German (DE), Italian (IT), Lithuanian (LT), Hungarian (HU), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Spanish (ES).

Magdeburg & Halle (Saale) (DE) confirmed LEZ starting in September 2011.

In Trentino (IT), Rovereto and Levico Therme confirmed, Lavis, Mezzolombardo and Riva del Garda no longer operating LEZs.

Coming up: 1st March 2011, Leipzig starting LEZ with Euro 4(PM) diesel, Euro 1 petrol, Wuppertal and Düsseldorf tightening to diesels Euro 3(PM)

Trento re-starts its LEZ on the 10th January 2011.

Napoli confirms that the LEZ will continue until at least the 31st December 2011.

New & improved: We have improved our LEZ Quick Guide, and you can now search the LEZs by those affecting different vehicle type, at the click of a button.

Krefeld, Germany: LEZ starting 1/1/2011. Euro 3(PM) diesel, Euro 1 petrol  
Osnabrück, Augsburg, Germany: LEZ tightening 3/1/2011 for diesels to Euro 3(PM)

New & Improved: You can now link to all LEZ registrations directly from our website, see the information on each city, country or region.
Reminder: Find which retrofits are certified in which countries here.

Coming up:1st November: Rijswijk in the Netherlands starts its LEZ. Italy: Bolzano's LEZs start again. Emilia Romagna LEZs are confirmed as being in operation from 1 November 2010 to 31 March 2011, and 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2012.

Coming up: 15th October, Lombardy's LEZs start again.

Napoli's LEZ extended to at least 31st December 2010

Markgroningen (Germany) is planning an LEZ from 1st July 2011.

1st October 2010: Munich's LEZ tightens

1st September 2010: Danish LEZs tighten

1st July 2010. New LEZs in Sweden and Denmark. LEZs strengthen in Denmark, Stuttgart.

New LEZs and further information on existing LEZs

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Cleaning Europe’s Air: A complete, multilingual, one-stop-source of information on Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in Europe
There is now a single website which gives you all the information you need on Low Emission Zones in one place – and in your language!  
Why LEZs? Air pollution kills an estimated 310 000 people a year in Europe. The European Union has set legally defined air quality standards to protect our health. Many cities and towns in most countries in Europe fail to meet these standards. Increasing numbers of cities and towns operate or are preparing “Low Emission Zones”, or “Environment Zones” among other measures, to help meet the standards. There are currently over 160 LEZs in 11 countries in Europe, including cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Milan, but also many smaller towns like Mühlacker (Germany), Como (Italy) or Norwich (UK) - and the A12 motorway in Tirol (Austria).
LEZs are areas or roads to which entry is restricted for vehicles with more polluting engines. Who needs this site? Anyone who drives around Europe; including hauliers, tourists, lorry and coach operators. It provides all the information needed to navigate around Europe's LEZs – including where to can drive with which vehicles. With one button the website is in your language and the information is in one or two clicks from the homepage.
Your questions on LEZs are answered in a regularly updated website, with no adverts or cost to users. Questions like: Where exactly are these zones? Can our vehicles drive into them? What emission standard is my vehicle? Do I have to register before I drive in? How can my vehicle comply with the standards? What air quality impact do LEZs have?  
The EU is supporting this website with part-funding for 3 years from the 8th December 2009 as part of its implementation of the EU Action Plan on Urban Mobility.
Please write about this website, use it, recommend it, link to it and spread information about it.

Further information for news articles or stakeholders, contact Lucy Sadler at Sadler Consultants Ltd. Download a full version of this press release as pdf.

8th December 2009 - This website has been granted EU-funding to extend the website for 3 years. Amongst other things, this will give details of ALL LEZs and implement translations of the website in many different languages! Update will be in place in Spring 2010.

November 2009: The A12 Austrian Motorway standards have tightened.

October 2009: Our 'Quick guide to all LEZs' tables are now more easily found on our website ! You can see summary tables of all LEZs in Europe, sorted either by LEZ start date or by country & city. It can help you decide what vehicle you need to travel to all your destinations!

October/November 2009, Italian winter LEZs are now coming into operation.

September 2009: German-registered heavy duty vehicles can now also find out what particulate traps fit their vehicles from

On the 1st August 2009 the Dutch LEZ sign changed to Dutch LEZ entry signfor entering and Dutch LEZ exit sign on exit, see the Netherlands page for more details.

June 2009: Information on the measured impact on LEZs, now many have been in operation for over a year and on strengthening Dutch enforcement of LEZs, see here.

January 2009: lots of new LEZs in Germany and updates to filters certified

6th November 2008: Lots of updates to the Dutch and Norwegian LEZs.

9th October 2008: Amsterdam started its LEZ

7th October 2008: Heavy goods vehicle retrofits now available for Germany. See the updated retrofit table.

In September and October 2008 there were lots of changes and updates to LEZs in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. See the city pages and links for further information.

Leiden (1/1/2009) has announced starting date of its LEZ. 


PRESS RELEASE for the original launch of 22nd January 2008

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