Registration of vehicles in the Belgian environmental zones LEZ
In order to enter the Belgian environmental zones (LEZ Low Emission Zone), a registration is necessary. This has the purpose to check whether the EURO emission standard (and, if applicable, the date of first registration) is permitted to enter the zone concerned.
Every foreign vehicle that is not registered in Belgium has to be registered for the environmental zones. Dutch vehicles are an exception as they do not have to register in Flanders (e.g. Antwerp). Since 2019, Dutch vehicles also no longer have to be registered in the LEZ of Brussels.
Each city, municipality or region has different regulations and, for this reason, the registration is carried out separately. If, after the registration for a specific LEZ, a vehicle does not meet the EURO emission standards and, therefore, is not permitted to enter the zone, it is still possible to purchase an additional environmental ticket/daily passes under certain conditions.
The registration of a vehicle is only valid for a certain period of time in a LEZ. The vehicle must be then re-registered. The re-registration of the vehicle (depending on the type of engine and the periods of time) is differently regulated in each LEZ which is clearly explained on our website.
Depending on the LEZ, the entry conditions will be tightened every year or every 3-4 years. This means that the requirements for the EURO emission standards will increase and, subsequently, the vehicle will need to be re-registered, and an environmental ticket/daily pass might be purchased.
In contrast to Flanders/Antwerp, the registration in the Brussels region always remains active for 3 years. However, this does not mean that the vehicle is also allowed to enter during 3 years.
In any case, the access criteria must be observed and, if necessary, a day pass must also be purchased.
For the same EURO classes, the REG-Certificate systematises different rules and environmental tickets in different LEZ
Due to the diverse regulations and specifications for the EURO emission standards in the respective city/municipality or region and their LEZ, different entry restrictions for different vehicle types can be applied to the multiple LEZ zones in Belgium.
For foreign vehicles it is very difficult to comply with all these regulations, as the registration is carried out separately for each city and LEZ (Low Emission Zone) and it cannot be transferred. However, in case of non-compliance, they would most likely face high fines.
The REG-Certificate has been implemented by Green-Zones in order to have a better understanding of the various regulations and to provide a systematic and comparable overview of the vehicles and EURO emission standards (with or without environmental ticket) permitted to enter the environmental zones over different periods of time.
The REG-Certificate is sent to the customer by Green-Zones as proof of his registration and purchase of the environmental ticket/daily pass (if required). There is no obligation of placing it on the vehicle. However, it is recommended to store it in the vehicle as it contains important information, as the validity of the REG-Certificate can last up to 5 years.
The REG-Certificate is not an official Belgian badge
The REG-Certificate is not an official Belgian badge, but a registration tool developed by the service provider Green-Zones aiming at showing a simplified overview of the complex Belgian LEZ zones and their different regulations. In addition, the REG-Certificate has no legal meaning and, therefore, it must not be attached to the windshield. In any case, the REG-Certificate is a proof of the legally required vehicle registration carried out by Green-Zones, which shows the city, the period of time and, if applicable, the EURO class and the type of vehicle.
Confirmation of registration
The processing time of a registration carried out by Green-Zones lasts between 2 and 10 days. An entry to a LEZ without a confirmation of the registration is likely to result in a fine and is at your own risk.
Please note, in particular, that also vehicles with a disabled parking permit have to be registered and that an environmental ticket, under no circumstances, replaces a park ticket and has to be purchased on the spot.