Low-emission zones (LEZ)
A low emission zone (LEZ) is a defined area in which certain vehicles are not allowed, or only under certain conditions, because they cause too much pollution. If you enter a LEZ with an unauthorized vehicle, or without another form of authorization, you will be fined.
At the moment, 2 LEZs exist in Belgium: one in the city of Antwerp and one in the Brussels-Capital Region. If you intend to visit one of these cities, be sure to check the local conditions of access and whether you have make certain preparations to enter the LEZ. These conditions differ depending on the LEZ. In the coming years, other cities and municipalities will implement a LEZ as well.
LEZ in Antwerp
The city of Antwerp implemented a LEZ on 1 February 2017. The website slimnaarantwerpen.be gives an overview of the conditions of access. You can also do the online test to check whether you vehicle fulfils these conditions. Vehicles with a foreign number plate (except for Dutch number plates) also have to be registered before being allowed to enter the LEZ of Antwerp.
LEZ in the Brussels-Capital Region
The Brussels-Capital Region implemented a LEZ on 1 January 2018. The website lez.brussels gives an overview of the conditions of access. You can also do the online test to check whether you vehicle fulfils 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 number plate also have to be registered before being allowed to enter the LEZ of the Brussels-Capital Region.