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My vehicle

WARNING, do not rely on websites offering the purchase of environmental stickers/badges. Those stickers/badges are neither necessary nor valid to circulate in the Brussels’ LEZ.

We remind you that the daily pass is the only formality that requires a payment. The purchase of a daily pass must be done via the website www.lez.brussels.

All other formalities related to the Brussels’ LEZ (request for derogations, registration of foreign vehicles) are free of charge. These formalities must be done via the website www.lez.brussels.

 

 Which vehicles are affected?

The regulation applies to the following vehicles ; registered in Belgium or abroad (except exemptions):

  • Passenger cars
  • Vans ≤ 3.5 ton (vehicle category N1 on the registration documents) 
  • Buses and coaches

In 2018, the only vehicles which will not be allowed to drive in Brussels are EURO 1-standard diesel vehicles or vehicles without a EURO standard (pre-Euro standards).   

 

Vehicles that aren't affected: See the question " On which vehicles does the LEZ not apply ?

 

  • Old diesel vehicles are being targeted most of all as, they emit more polluting, and therefore more unhealthy, substances such as black carbon.
  • Petrol vehicles will not be affected in 2018. However, the rules are changing from January 1st, 2019.
  • The LEZ entry rules also apply to vehicles registered abroad. Such vehicles must be registered to use the zone.
  • Some exemptions are specified.
  • Entry to the LEZ will always be possible using a paid-for day pass (maximum eight days’ access per year and per vehicle).
  • Vehicles that run on gas (CNG and LPG) are regarded as petrol vehicles.

 

Diesel 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
EURO 6, 6b, 6d, temp / VI Access Access Access Access Access Access Access Access
EURO 5, 5a, 5b / V ou EEV Access Access Access Access Access Access Access No access*
EURO 4 / IV Access Access Access Access No access* No access* No access* No access*
EURO 3 / III Access Access No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access*
EURO 2 / II Access No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access*
EURO 1 / I No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access*
No EURO standard No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access*

* A maximum of 8 days' per year and per vehicle is possible by purchasing a paid-for day pass.

 

PETROL/LPG/CNG 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
EURO 6, 6b, 6d, temp / VI               Access               Access Access Access Access Access Access Access
EURO 5, 5a, 5b / V ou EEV Access Access Access Access Access Access Access Access
EURO 4 / IV Access Access Access Access Access Access Access Access
EURO 3 / III Access Access Access Access Access Access Access Access
EURO 2 / II Access Access Access Access Access Access Access No access*
EURO 1 / I Access No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access*
No EURO stantard  Access No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access* No access*

* A maximum of 8 days' per year and per vehicle is possible by purchasing a paid-for day pass.

 

A simulation tool is available to help you easily find out the last date on which your vehicle will be able to travel within the Brussels-Capital Region. 

If you don’t know the Euro standard for your vehicle, you can enter the date of first registration. The simulator will then tell you your Euro standard and the last date on which your vehicle will be able to travel within the LEZ.

How can I find out which EURO standard my vehicle has ?

The EURO standard is a European environmental standard with which the engine of a vehicle must comply. The aim is to limit the emissions of pollutants of vehicles. The higher a vehicle's EURO standard, the lower its emissions. Depending on the fuel type, the EURO standard of a vehicle determines whether or not it can enter the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

The EURO standard for every vehicle is indicated on the registration documents. The card also contains information regarding the vehicle category, the fuel type and the vehicle's first registration date.

 

How can I find out the EURO standard of my vehicle if it is not indicated on the registration documents ?

If the EURO standard is not indicated on the registration documents of the vehicle, then the date of first registration is taken as the basis (date on the registration documents).

For example: a vehicle which was registered between 1/07/1992 and 31/12/1996 is considered as "EURO1". 

 

EMission standard

passenger cars 

(category M1)

van 

(category N1- weight I)

Minibuses/vans for personal transport (category M2) or van  (N1), with II ou III.

Buses/coaches

(M3)

Euro1/I

01/07/1992 – 31/12/1996

01/10/1994-31/12/1997

01/10/1994-31/12/1997

01/10/1993-30/09/1996

Euro2/II

01/01/1997-31/12/2000

01/01/1998-31/12/2000

01/01/1998-31/12/2001

01/10/1996-30/09/2001

Euro3/III

01/01/2001-31/12/2005

01/01/2001-31/12/2005

01/01/2002-31/12/2006

01/10/2001-30/09/2006

Euro4/IV

01/01/2006-31/12/2010

01/01/2006-31/12/2010

01/01/2007-31/12/2011

01/10/2006-30/09/2009

Euro5/V

01/01/2011-31/08/2015

01/01/2011-31/08/2015

01/01/2012-31/08/2016

01/10/2009-31/12/2013

Euro6/VI

01/09/2015-31/08/2019

01/09/2015-31/08/2019

01/09/2016-31/08/2020

01/01/2014-…

Euro6d-TEMP

01/09/2019-31/12/2020

01/09/2019-31/12/2020

01/09/2020-31/12/2021

 

Euro6d

01/01/2021- …

01/01/2021-….

01/01/2021-…

 

On which vehicles does the LEZ not apply ?

 

Automatic exemptions

For the vehicles mentioned below, the exemption is granted automatically based on the information provided by the DIV [Vehicle Registration Directorate].

Automatic exemptions do not have a validity period. The changes recorded at the DIV will be taken into account.

Therefore, no further action needs to be taken for these vehicles.

 

The vehicles that receive an automatic exemption are as follows:

  • Two-wheeled motor vehicles (Category L)
  • Heavy goods vehicles (>3.5 tonnes) designed for transporting goods (Categories N2 and N3); and vehicle category N1 which has chassis code BC.
  • Agricultural or forestry tractors (with tracks or wheels)
  • Electric vehicles
  • Hydrogen-powered vehicles
  • “Old-timer” vehicles registered in Belgium which have an “O” or “1-O” Belgian number plate or which have a personalised number plate (in accordance with Article 4(2) of the Ministerial Order of 23 July 2001 on vehicle registration) and which are more than 30 years old
  • Priority vehicles (as defined in Article 37 of the highway code; in other words, vehicles equipped with one or more blue flashing lights and a special audible warning device. These include police cars, for example.
  • Vehicles used in emergency situations or rescue operations at the request of the fire brigade, the police, the army, the civil protection force or the highway authorities.
  • Armed forces’ vehicles.

 

Exemptions upon request

For exemptions where an application is required, this request should be submitted via an electronic form. The form will be available from August 2018.

The exemptions relate to both Belgian and foreign registrations. Vehicles registered abroad must first register, than submit an exemption request.

Once submitted, the exemption request will be processed within 62 days from the 7th day after the request is received. Warning, during this period, if you have not received the confirmation regarding your exemptions request, or if the vehicle does not meet the access criteria and travels within the low emission zone, the owner may receive a fine.

If the request is approved, the exemption is sent to the applicant by post.

Exemptions obtained via an application will be valid for 3 years provided that the vehicle owner’s situation does not change. Renewal requests must be submitted at least 3 months before the exemption expires. Please note that no expiry reminder will be sent.

 

To make your request for an exemption, you will need your identity card and pin code (only for Belgians). Depending on the requested exemption, several documents might be required, such as:

  • The copy of your identity document;
  • The copy of the vehicle’s registration certificate;
  • The picture of the front of the vehicle with the readable license plate;
  • The photo of the rear of the vehicle with the readable license plate;
  • The photo of the vehicle in its entirety;[1]
  • The photo of the inside of the vehicle on which the wheelchair lift is clearly visible;[2]
  • The copy of the certificate of adaptation for a wheelchair lift issued by a competent authority.[3]

If you have lost the pin code of your identity card, you will find information on how to request a new pin code here

 

For businesses or other types of organisations that have a fleet of 10 or more vehicles, it will be possible to submit a “group” exemption request by contacting Bruxelles Fiscalité info.fiscalité@sprb.brussels

[1] Only mandatory for caravans and vehicles equipped for the maintenance and control of infrastructures and installations of general interest.

[2] Only for vehicles equipped with a wheelchair lift.

[3] Only for vehicles equipped with a wheelchair lift.

 

The vehicles that are required to submit an exemption request are as follows:

  • Motorhomes (as defined in the highway code – Category M SA):  This therefore includes special-use vehicles falling within Category M, which are designed to be used for accommodation and whose living compartment contains the following facilities as a minimum: seats and a table, berths which can be created with or without seats, a kitchen area, storage areas. These facilities must be irremovable, but the table may be designed to be easily foldable.
  • For “old-timer” vehicles registered abroad, vehicles that are more than 30 years old.
  • Vehicles more than 30 years old that are used for commercial purposes for which the “old-timer” vehicle forms part of the business concept. This therefore includes rental vehicles used for weddings or other events.
  • Vehicles adapted to carry people with disabilities where the owner of the number plate or a person living at the same address as the owner of the number plate is holder of a special disabled parking permit. 
  • Vehicles equipped with a wheelchair lift.
  • Vehicles specially adapted for markets, fairgrounds, parades and itinerant trade. Market vehicles whose engine element and selling element are in one piece, a food truck or a vehicle converted into a fishmonger’s or butcher’s stall. Fairground vehicles whose entertainment element cannot be detached from the engine element.

  • Vehicles specially equipped for maintenance and control of public interest infrastructures and installations. Such vehicles can be identified by their chassis, their equipment or other permanent characteristics. The engine element and the functional element must form a single block. This category covers certain public service vehicles, distribution network management vehicles, vehicles belonging to the highway services and their subcontractors: drain-clearance vehicles, road sweepers, cable-laying vehicles, tram-line maintenance vehicles, etc. These include vehicles equipped for specific tasks for which significant capital investment was required. 

  • Finally, an administrative exemption to correct inaccurate data may be requested. If, based on the EEC compliance certificate or another document accepted by a public body, a Euro standard or a fuel category or type other than that shown in the DIV and/or LEZ database can be inferred for the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle may use these documents to have the Euro standard or the fuel category or type changed in the LEZ database.

 

  • Under no circumstances can having a particulate filter give you dispensation for entering/driving with in the LEZ. It is the EURO standard that counts, even if you have installed a retrofit particulate filter.
  • No exemption is specified for vehicles used for business purposes, with the exception of those included in the list above. 
  • Your vehicle's Euro standard cannot be altered by any change to its motorisation.

 

 

My vehicle is allowed into the LEZ using a paid-for day pass; how does that work? 

Vehicles which do not meet the criteria for accessing the LEZ may enter the Brussels Region by purchasing a day pass. The cost of the pass is €35 per day. Therefore, a maximum of 8 calendar days’ access to the Region is authorised per year and per vehicle. Once the 8 days have been used, the vehicle must comply with the access criteria. At the beginning of each year, the vehicle will have a further 8 days of travel by purchasing the pass.

Passes may be purchased from September 2018 via an electronic form. You will be asked to provide data relating to your vehicle. 

Vehicles registered abroad may also purchase this pass. To do this, vehicles must first register (see Registration).

I am going to purchase a new vehicle. How can I be sure that i will be able to drive in the LEZ?

In principle, all new vehicles meet the EURO 6 standard and so, always have access to the LEZ. In general, it is advisable to purchase the least polluting vehicles, such as electric vehicles or vehicles that run on natural gas, hydrogen or even petrol. Petrol vehicles are less polluting than diesel vehicles. You will, for example, be able to drive a Euro 3 petrol vehicle until 2025. The strictest conditions are reserved for diesel vehicles. Please contact your dealer, who will be able to advise you and guide you on the best choice depending on your budget, or use the online simulator which will tell you the last date on which the vehicle will be able to drive within the LEZ.

I am planning to purchase a second-hand vehicle. How do I know if I am allowed to drive in the LEZ?

If you purchase a second-hand vehicle, be certain to check its EURO standard. 

Check the registration documents of the vehicle (see question "How can I find out what EURO standard my vehicle has?"). Otherwise, check the vehicle's date of first registration (see question "How can I find out the EURO standard of my vehicle if it is not indicated on the registration documents?"). Bear in mind that the strictest conditions apply for diesel vehicles.

Finally, there a simulator at your disposal. In a few clicks, it will let you find out the last date on which your vehicle will be able to drive within the low emission zone.

I have a vehicle which is registered abroad, does the LEZ apply to me ?

YES, passenger cars, vans (<3.5 ton), minibuses and buses/coaches which were registered abroad must meet the criteria for access to the LEZ. 

However, vehicles registered abroad requiring access and meeting the access criteria must be registered before entering the Brussels region. Registration is therefore compulsory and free of charge.

Registration must be carried out as from July 2018 via an electronic form. 

All the information about the registration procedure is available here.