Environmental zone Ghent - Belgium

Validity of the badges today, the 20-08-2018.

There is no warning.

Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive into this zone.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive into this zone.
Motorbikes

Light vehicles of two, three and four vehicles

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Transportation of goods

Vehicles for the transportation of goods with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
No restrictions. You are allowed to drive.
Transportation of persons

Vehicles for the transportation of persons with at least four wheels

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are currently allowed to drive.
Agricultural and forestry vehicle

Agricultural and forestry vehicle

You are currently allowed to drive.
You are still allowed to drive.

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.

St. Michael´s Bridge in Ghent – environmental zone

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 Sticker for Ghent.

Here you can order the registration service for the environmental zones in Belgium

Tabular overview of the environmental zone of Ghent

Name of the environmental zone:
Environmental zone Ghent - Belgium
Date of announcement of the zone:
01-01-2017
Date of entry into effect of the zone:
01-01-2020
Type of environmental zone:
Permanent
Current obligation for registration:
Car (M1), Motor home (M1), Minibus (M2), Coach (M3), Van (N1), Light truck (N2), Delivery truck (N2), Heavy truck (N3) and Agricultural and forestry vehicle (T)
Currently allowed registration classes as of 01-01-2020:
Ghent Class 4 (see Registry-Sticker classification).
Further restrictions for registration classes:
Not allowed to drive between 2020 and 2024: diesel trucks of the categories N1, N2 and N3, buses of the categories M2, M3 and vehicles of the category M1, caravans of the category M1 with EURO emission standards 0-3, petrol vehicles with EURO emission standards 0-1. Exceptions: See the section Exceptions. From 2025 only diesel vehicles with EURO emission standard 6 and petrol vehicles with EURO emission standards 3-6.
Not allowed to drive (temporarily):
Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (permanently):
Information currently unavailable
Fines:
150-350 Euros.
Area/extension of the environmental zone:
The municipality of Ghent, that means the city centre, is the only area affected by the environmental zone. This area is bordered by the city ring R40, which is not affected by it. Furthermore, the regional road N430, which leads through the environmental zone, the highway B401 exit E17, which goes towards the city centre and leads to the access road N422 to König Albert Park, are not affected.
Special features:
By paying an additional charge, the registration class 3 are permitted to enter the zone with a time-limited environmental ticket. Prices and duration of the entry are not yet known.

Diesel vehicles with EURO emission standard 3, equipped with a retrofitted particle filter, are not recognised as EURO emission standard 4. No registration is required for vehicles of the category L (light motorcycles such as motorcycles).

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions:
City of Gent, Botermarkt 1, 9000 Gent; gentinfo@stad.gent
Not allowed to drive between 2020 and 2024:
Diesel trucks of the categories N1, N2 and N3, buses of the categories M2, M3 and vehicles of the category M1, caravans of the category M1 with EURO emission standards 0-4, petrol vehicles with EURO emission standards 0-1. Exceptions: See the section Exceptions.