The LEZ environmental zone of Brussels
From January 2018, a low-emission zone (LEZ) was introduced in the region Brussels, which includes all 19 municipalities in the region. It covers an area of 161 km² with a population of 1.2 millions.
The environmental zone is bordered on the west and the north by the international E-road E19, on the east by the international E-road E40 and on the south by the municipality Watermael-Boitsfort. The restrictions of the LEZ of Brussels do not apply to the international E-road E19 and E40. Also excluded are 3 Park&Ride parking areas, located on the boundary of the environmental zone.
The LEZ of Brussels is permanent, that means 24 hours a day for 7 days a week, also on Sundays and public holidays. The LEZ regulates the entry for the vehicles of the category N1, buses of the categories M2, M3 and vehicles of the category M1.
This results in a driving ban for diesel vehicles with EURO emission standards 0,1 and 2. However, they can obtain a permit to drive in the LEZ by purchasing an environmental ticket/day pass, in a maximum of 8 days per year.
Mopeds and motorcycles of the category L, trucks of the categories N2 and N3, caravans and vintage vehicles older than 30 years are not affected by the entry restrictions.
In 2020, 2022 and 2025 the entry restrictions to the LEZ for diesel vehicles will be further tightened, divided into 3 stages.
The compliance check of this regulation is carried out by ANPR cameras.
The vehicle types, the EURO emission standards and the registration classes which are allowed to enter the LEZ of Brussels, can be found in the menu option Certificate for Brussels.