Registration check and fines
In Belgium, the check of an authorised entry in a LEZ environmental zone (Low Emission Zone) is not only carried out by the police but, above all, by intelligent cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition = ANPR).
These fixed and mobile cameras capture each vehicle registration number and match it with a central database. If the vehicle owner has not registered its car for the LEZ (Low Emission Zones) zones in Belgium before entering, he will receive a fine notice of 150 euros from the respective authorities.
Applies to Flanders/Antwerp:
If the vehicle owner has no registration or environmental ticket, a fine of 150 euros applies at a first infringement, 250 euros for the second violation and 350 euros for every further violation within 12 months.
Applies to Brussels Region:
If the vehicle owner enters the LEZ without a registration, a fine of 150 euros applies if the vehicle fulfils the criteria of the zone, and a fine of 350 euros applies if it does not fulfil the criteria.
In case of foreign vehicles, the notification of a fine may take a little longer because the vehicle owner’s data have to be compared with other European databases. However, all fines from the Belgian LEZ environmental zones will be imposed within the EU since they are higher than the set EU threshold of 80 Euro and, therefore, according to the most recent EU law, will be pursued in all European countries.