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There are short and long term exemptions possible for the Utrecht LEZ. They need to be applied for and paid for.

You can apply for short term (24 hour) exemptions.

Lorries may apply for up to 12 exemptions a year are possible if:

  • the license plate is registered to your company
  • no other exemptions are available
  • no other vehicle restrictions (eg axle load, height) exist

Vans can apply up to 6 times a year if the vehicle license plate of the van is registered to your company.

Apply for lorry and van short term exemptions

Campervans may apply for exemptions up to 6 times per vehicle per year, if:

  • You live in the environmental and state your residential address registered in the Municipal Administration (GBA).
  • The license plate of the vehicle is in your name.

Apply by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the application takes one day.
Your e-mail must contain the following data: Your name, address, telephone number, vehicle registration, date you request

 

There are a number of long term exemptions

Business hardship exemptions, valid up to 1 year, if:

  • You can not use goods transported via a provider of sustainable urban distribution (for example, a cargo hopper)
  • Only for delivery: your business must be located in Utrecht.
  • Your financial situation does not allow you to buy cleaner cars.
  • It is necessary for the organization to use the car in the Environmental Zone.
  • You can not use alternatives within and outside your company.

Apply by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application takes up to 8 weeks. You will receive written notification. Your e-mail must contain the following data:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, Company and Commercial Register, Vehicle registration.
  • An accountants opinion on your financial situation saying why you can not buy a cleaner vehicle.
  • A copy of the financial statements of your company for the past 3 years.
  • A copy of a copy of your savings that are not older than 3 months.
  • How often you plan to use the car in the LEZ
    The expected length of the exemption (up to 1 year).
  • An explanation of why:
    • it is necessary for the organization to use the vehicle in the LEZ.
    • you cannot use alternatives within and outside your company
    • goods cannot be transported via a provider of sustainable urban distribution (for example, a cargo hopper).

If you have purchased, but not yet received your new vehicle, a temporary exemption is possible if your new car has not yet been delivered. You require a proof of purchase or a written agreement with your supplier that they will deliver within 1 year

Long term exemption for historic vehicles, if the car is at least 40 years old and the exemption is given in the name of the registered owner.
Apply by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and it will take up to 8 weeks.
You will receive written notification.
Your e-mail must contain the following data: 
your name, address, telephone number, vehicle registration

Long term exemption for disabled persons, if you live in Utrecht, or work or study within the LEZ and your car has had adaptations for your disability that cost at least €500.
Apply by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and it will take up to 8 weeks.
You will receive written notification. Your e-mail must contain the following data:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, vehicle registration
  • A copy of the invoice of the car adaptation that has cost at least €500.
  • If you are working or studying in the environmental zone you need a statement from your employer / educational institution that you are an employee / student.


Long term exemptions for special situations, if it is necessary to use the car in the Environmental Zone and you can not use alternatives to the car.
Apply by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., it will take up to 8 weeks. You will receive written notification.
Your must e-mail contain the following data:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, Company and Commercial Register (where applicable), vehicle registration
  • Explanation as to why it is necessary to use the car in the LEZ and why you can not use alternatives to the car.
  • How often do you use the car in the LEZ.
  • How long you are likely to need the exemption.

Costs (in 2016)
Free for disabled or old-timer
€ 25.25 for each short term exemption
€ 70.70 for each lengthy exemption

Disclaimer:
These exemptions are listed for your guide only. They are not officially translated, and are current as of Autumn 2016. The original on the city/regional/national website is the only accurate source

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