The environmental zone of Ghent
On 01.01.2017, the city of Ghent announced that its entire city center will be set up as a low emission zone (LEZ) as of 01.01.2020, and a speed limit of 30 km/h will be established.
From this date onwards, vehicles with high pollutant levels will no longer be permitted to enter the environmental zone.
The boundaries of the environmental zone are defined by the city ring R40 surrounding the city center, with the exception of the N430, which crosses the center and can still be accessed, as well as the access roads B401 and N422 to the south parking area in the center.
The LEZ of Ghent 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 all vehicles, except for mopeds and motorcycles. Consequently, the vans and trucks of the category M (passenger cars, minibuses, buses and coaches), and the agricultural and forestry tractors of the category T are affected.
This results in an entry restriction for petrol vehicles with EURO emission standards 0 to 1 as well as for diesel vehicles with EURO emission standards 0 to 3. Diesel vehicles with EURO emission standard 4 are allowed to enter temporarily with an environmental ticket. Mopeds and motorcycles of the category L are not affected by the entry restrictions.
Vintage vehicles under 40 years are not permitted to enter the zone. An environmental ticket has to be purchased for vintage vehicles over 40 years. Vehicles (domestic) of disabled people are granted special permits. There is no regulation for vehicles registered abroad yet.
From 2025, further restrictions will be implemented, in which overly emission-intensive vehicles are banned in order to improve the air quality of the city.
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 Ghent, can be found in the menu option Certificate for Ghent.