Low-emission zones (LEZ)
A low-emission zone (LEZ) is a defined area in which certain types of vehicles are not allowed to enter, except under specific conditions, because they emit too many noxious substances. If you enter a LEZ with an unauthorized vehicle, or without a complementary authorisation, a fine can be levied.
In 2019, 2 LEZ exist in Belgium: one in the city of Antwerp and the other in the Brussels-Capital Region. If you intend to visit one of these areas, you should check the conditions of access to see whether you have to prepare yourself to enter the LEZ. These conditions differ depending on the LEZ. In the years to come, other cities and municipalities will implement a LEZ as well.
LEZ in Antwerp
The city of Antwerp implemented a LEZ on 1 February 2017. For an overview of the conditions of access, please see the website SlimnaarAntwerpen.be. You can also do the online test to check whether your vehicle complies with these conditions. Vehicles with a foreign license plate (except for Dutch number plates) also have to register before entering the LEZ of Antwerp.
LEZ in the Brussels-Capital Region
The Brussels-Capital Region implemented a LEZ on 1 Januari 2018. For an overview of the conditions of access, please see the website Lez.brussels. You can also do the online test to check whether your vehicle complies with these conditions. If you want to change the language of the website, please click on your language in the upper right corner. Vehicles with a foreign license plate also have to register before entering the LEZ of the Brussels-Capital Region.