Frequently asked questions about LEZ

Did you not find the answer to your question on this website? Check the answers to some frequently asked questions about the LEZ below.

General questions about the low emission zone

Does the city already have results of studies since the low emission zone took effect one year ago?

Yes, a study has shown that the LEZ has resulted in a substantial reduction of the emissions of air pollutants.

VITO and Transport & Mobility conducted a study to map the impact of the LEZ on the emissions of air pollutants. The study compared the Flemish vehicle fleet at the end of 2016 and the end of 2017 with the vehicles in the LEZ at the end of 2017.

The study mapped three evolutions: the reduction of emissions in Flanders in one year, the reduction of emissions in the LEZ in one year and the LEZ’s net effect of the LEZ. The net effect is the pure impact of the LEZ without the autonomous replacement of the vehicle fleet.

The study shows that road transport emissions have dropped substantially in the LEZ for all air pollutants, i.e., soot (EC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5). This positive environmental effect can be explained by the fact that a growing number of vehicles fulfil the LEZ conditions for admission.

This chart shows the impact of the low emission zone on the emission of air pollutants. 

  • Orange: without LEZ 
  • Blue: reduction after 1 year
  • Green: real impact LEZ

The number of vehicles that fulfil the conditions for admission to the LEZ rose from 85.2% to 97.7%. The 2.3% of vehicles that do not fulfil the conditions include exempted vehicles (i.e., vehicles for persons with a disability), temporary permits (e.g., diesel vehicles Euro emissions standard 3) and day permits. Approximately 1% of the vehicles that enter the LEZ do not fulfil the conditions for admission.

The impact of the LEZ combined with the automatic replacement of the vehicle fleet means there are more cleaner vehicles on the road.

The air quality is a combination of pollution from various sources: road traffic, industry, households, supralocal influences… The preliminary measurement results of the Flemish Environment Agency for 2017 indicate that the air quality has improved. Measurements demonstrate that the values for NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and soot were significantly lower for 2017 compared with 2015 and 2016. Road traffic is the largest source of these air pollutants. The reduction is the highest at measurement points in the LEZ where a lot of traffic passes (Plantin Moretuslei and Belgiëlei).

 

Can other Belgian cities also enforce an LEZ?

They can. The Flemish LEZ legislation applies to the whole of Flanders. Ghent will introduce an LEZ in 2020. The conditions for admission will be identical to those in Antwerp. In Mechelen, an LEZ will be introduced in 2021.

Attention: permits after payment for the LEZ Antwerp are not valid in other cities with low emission zones. Free registrations are valid in the Flemish low emission zones, but not in Brussels.

You can find further information about the enforcement of an LEZ in Mechelen on the City of Mechelen’s website. Kindly refer to the City of Ghent’s website for further information about the enforcement of an LEZ in Ghent from 2020.

More information about the various low emission zones in Flanders can be found on the LNE website (in Dutch).

LEZ in Brussels

Brussels will enforce an LEZ on 1/1/2018. Attention: the conditions for admission in Antwerp and Brussels are different because Brussels is not Flemish, and enforces different regulations as a result! This means your vehicle may be admitted in Brussels, but not in Antwerp! Always use the check tool to check your vehicle before coming to Antwerp!

The biggest differences between the LEZ in Antwerp and the LEZ in Brussels in a nutshell:

  • Upon introduction in Brussels, the conditions for admission only apply to diesel-powered vehicles. Conditions for petrol-powered vehicles will only be enforced as of 2019.
  • The conditions for admission in Brussels will be listed here, from the introduction until 2025. 
  • Vehicle categories that must fulfil the conditions for admission in Antwerp but not in Brussels:
    • agricultural and forestry vehicles (category T)
    • vehicles of over 3.5 tons for transporting goods (categories N2 and N3)
    • camping vehicles
    • classic cars with an O license plate (including foreign vehicles) which were first registered over 30 years ago. In Antwerp, only vehicles that are 40 years or older may enter the LEZ, after payment.

You can find further information about the Brussels LEZ at www.lez.brussels.

How do I know whether my car may enter the LEZ?

Your vehicle must fulfil a number of conditions to enter the LEZ. Your vehicle's Euro norm determines whether your vehicle may enter. This European environmental standard for vehicles is expressed with a number. The higher the Euro norm, the lower the emissions.

The Euro norm is listed on your vehicle's registration documents under category V9 "environmental class". If the Euro norm standard is not listed on your vehicle registration documents, then the date of your vehicle's first registration will be used to determine whether your vehicle may enter the LEZ. Take the test. Find your car registration documents.

This applies to all vehicles: passenger cars, camper vans, delivery vans and lorries, agricultural vehicles, buses (this includes tourist coaches).

What is a Euro norm?

A car's Euro norm is used to determine whether it may enter the LEZ. The higher the Euro norm of a car, the lower the engine's emissions. The Euro norm is an European environmental standard with which the engine of a vehicle must comply.

  • Euro norm 3 was enforced in 2001.
  • Euro norm 4 is applicable since 2006.
  • Most new passenger vehicles have Euro norm 5.
  • Passenger vehicles have Euro norm 6 as of end 2015.
  • New trucks also have Euro norm 6.

Can I enter the LEZ with my vehicle, which has a foreign number plate?

This depends.

A vehicle with a foreign number plate must also fulfil the conditions for admission to the LEZ. Use our check tool to see whether this is the case.

Vehicles with a foreign number plate that fulfil the conditions for admission must be registered once-only beforehand. This does not apply to vehicles with a Dutch number plate. Dutch vehicles are automatically registered based on the information in the RDW’s number plate registry.

Find out how you can register your vehicle here. 

This applies to all vehicles: passenger cars, camper vans, delivery vans and lorries, agricultural vehicles, buses (this includes tourist coaches).

I drove into the LEZ with my car today. What should I do next?

It depends on your vehicle and when you entered the LEZ. 
  • You have a vehicle with a Belgian or a Dutch number plate
    • There is no problem if your vehicle fulfils the conditions for admission. In that case, you don’t have to do a thing.
    • You can buy an LEZ day pass that same day if your vehicle does not fulfil the conditions for admission. This is valid until 6 a.m. the next day. You can buy an LEZ day pass online or at an LEZ terminal.
    • You can register your vehicle within the next 24 hours if your vehicle is eligible for free registration (e.g., adapted vehicles for disabled drivers and passengers). You can do this online or at one of the LEZ terminals.
  • You have a vehicle with a foreign number plate (not Dutch)
    • You must register your vehicle if it fulfils the conditions for admission. You can do this no later than 24 hours after entering the zone. You can do this online or at one of the LEZ terminals.
    • You can buy an LEZ day pass that same day if your vehicle does not fulfil the conditions for admission. This is valid until 6 a.m. the next day. You can buy an LEZ day pass online or at an LEZ terminal.
Attention, you can only buy an LEZ day pass for the same day. You cannot retroactively buy an LEZ day pass for days in the past. 
 
Always check your vehicle using the check tool before entering the LEZ. 

Germany has stickers that demonstrate that I may enter the LEZ with my vehicle. Does Antwerp’s LEZ have similar stickers?

No! These stickers do not exist in Antwerp.

Attention, certain commercial companies (e.g., Green Zone) offer you a service against payment, to ensure your vehicle fulfils the requirements for Antwerp’s low emission zone and provide a sticker to their customers. The City of Antwerp is not in any way involved in this service. You can register your vehicle or buy a permit without additional administrative fees on this website, which is operated by the City of Antwerp.

There is no obligation to show a physical document as proof that you may enter the low emission zone in Antwerp. The check is done based on the number plate and is fully automated. Any company that sells so-called environmental stickers as proof does this of its volition. These stickers have no legal value.

What can you do with your old car?

You can bring your car to one of the 123 accredited Febelauto centres, where they strive to 97% of all the materials from cars. The raw materials that are recovered from your car will be used for industrial purposes. Your car will thus have a second life while you contribute to the circular economy. If you bring your old car to an accredited centre, you will receive a small amount of cash that is equivalent to the scrap metal price.

 

Air quality

What is the impact on public health of the LEZ?

The LEZ reduces emissions of particulate matter and soot and reduces the population's exposure to too high concentrations of these substances. This can make a great difference, especially for children, the elderly and the ill.

The enforcement of the LEZ and other measures that improve air quality, will reduce health expenditure and will increase the number of healthy months of life. According to the city's feasibility study, the public health benefit is greater than the cost of the introduction, management and enforcement of the LEZ.

The industry and maritime traffic in Antwerp also pollute the air in the city. Wouldn't it be better to tackle these industries first?

The emissions of soot and particulate matter are especially harmful in the vicinity of the source of emission. This means that emissions in the city must first be reduced. After the enforcement of the LEZ, particulate matter is expected to drop by 41 percent and soot even by 69 percent.

At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that heated buildings, the industry and maritime traffic are a source of emissions of particulate matter, soot and nitrogen dioxide (NOx). That is why other measures will be implemented alongside the LEZ. On 14 February 2014, the Government of Flanders, the City of Antwerp and the Antwerp Port Authority adopted the 'Action plan for particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the port and city of Antwerp'.

Conditions for admission

How do I know whether my car may enter the LEZ?

Your vehicle must fulfil a number of conditions to enter the LEZ. Your vehicle's Euro norm determines whether your vehicle may enter. This European environmental standard for vehicles is expressed with a number. The higher the Euro norm, the lower the emissions.

The Euro norm is listed on your vehicle's registration documents under category V9 "environmental class". If the Euro norm standard is not listed on your vehicle registration documents, then the date of your vehicle's first registration will be used to determine whether your vehicle may enter the LEZ. Take the test. Find your car registration documents.

This applies to all vehicles: passenger cars, camper vans, delivery vans and lorries, agricultural vehicles, buses (this includes tourist coaches).

What is a Euro norm?

A car's Euro norm is used to determine whether it may enter the LEZ. The higher the Euro norm of a car, the lower the engine's emissions. The Euro norm is an European environmental standard with which the engine of a vehicle must comply.

  • Euro norm 3 was enforced in 2001.
  • Euro norm 4 is applicable since 2006.
  • Most new passenger vehicles have Euro norm 5.
  • Passenger vehicles have Euro norm 6 as of end 2015.
  • New trucks also have Euro norm 6.

What can I do if my car is not admitted?

You have various options if you may not enter the LEZ with your car.

Register your car

In some cases, registering your vehicle once-only may be sufficient. Afterwards your vehicle may automatically enter the LEZ until 31/12/2019:

  • You must register all admitted foreign (except Dutch) vehicles. Attention: the conditions for admission to the LEZ will be tightened from 01/01/2020. Have you already registered your vehicle with a foreign number plate? Then there is no need to do this again.
  • Old vehicles of people with disabilities may enter the LEZ after registration if:
    • they have a parking permit for people with disabilities and
    • the vehicle was adapted in function of the disability.
    • you are entitled to higher health care allowance.
    • the vehicle has been fitted with a wheelchair lift
    • attention: you must register your vehicle again for the period from 2020. You can do this as of September 2019.
  • Diesel vehicles – euro emission standard 3 with a particulate filter. Attention: Euro 3 diesel vehicles may no longer enter the LEZ from 1 January 2020. As of this date, they can only enter the LEZ with a day pass.
  • Diesel vehicles with a better euro emission standard than the norm listed in the LEZ database

Buy a temporary permit

Some vehicles may temporarily enter the LEZ after payment. This is a transitional measure. The tariffs depend on the duration of the permit and the type of vehicle.

You can apply for a permit after payment for the following vehicles:

  • Diesel vehicles - euro emission standard 3 without a particulate filter,
  • vehicles that are 40 years or older,
  • Diesel vehicles - euro emission standard 2 or 3 for interventions in the public domain,
  • Diesel vehicles - euro emission standard 2 or 3 for emergency interventions,
  • Diesel vehicles - euro emission standard 2 or 3 for markets and fairs, for market traders

Attention: the condition for admission will be tightened from 2020 onwards. Here you can see which vehicles may still temporarily enter the LEZ after payment.

 

Buy an LEZ day pass

All vehicles that are not admitted into the LEZ may enter the LEZ maximum 8 times a year, with an LEZ day pass. An LEZ day pass costs 35 euros and entitles you to enter the LEZ on the day of your choice, until 6 A.M. the following morning.

Other alternatives

I drove into the LEZ with my car today. What should I do next?

It depends on your vehicle and when you entered the LEZ. 
  • You have a vehicle with a Belgian or a Dutch number plate
    • There is no problem if your vehicle fulfils the conditions for admission. In that case, you don’t have to do a thing.
    • You can buy an LEZ day pass that same day if your vehicle does not fulfil the conditions for admission. This is valid until 6 a.m. the next day. You can buy an LEZ day pass online or at an LEZ terminal.
    • You can register your vehicle within the next 24 hours if your vehicle is eligible for free registration (e.g., adapted vehicles for disabled drivers and passengers). You can do this online or at one of the LEZ terminals.
  • You have a vehicle with a foreign number plate (not Dutch)
    • You must register your vehicle if it fulfils the conditions for admission. You can do this no later than 24 hours after entering the zone. You can do this online or at one of the LEZ terminals.
    • You can buy an LEZ day pass that same day if your vehicle does not fulfil the conditions for admission. This is valid until 6 a.m. the next day. You can buy an LEZ day pass online or at an LEZ terminal.
Attention, you can only buy an LEZ day pass for the same day. You cannot retroactively buy an LEZ day pass for days in the past. 
 
Always check your vehicle using the check tool before entering the LEZ. 

Why does a diesel-powered car have a higher Euro norm than a petrol-powered car?

Petrol contains less soot than diesel. The emissions of petrol-powered cars are less detrimental to public health than those of diesel-powered cars.

May old-timers enter the LEZ?

Only vehicles older than 40 years will receive a permit to enter the LEZ against payment. An O number plate for old-timers does not make a difference: only the car's age will be taken into account. Vehicles older than 40 years are eligible for a reduced tariff. A permit against payment is valid for a day, a week, a month, three months, six months or a year.

If you have an old car, younger than 40 years, it can enter LEZ if you buy an LEZ day pass. A balance has been created between the effectiveness of the measure (being sufficiently strict) and a social consensus.

The cut-off of 40 years is not in keeping with the official Belgian age limit for old-timers, i.e., 25 years. 25 years is very close to the threshold for euro emissions standard 1 (for vehicle category M1, passenger vehicles: 1 July 1992). 92% of the old vehicles, aged between 25 and 40 years of age, is powered with fuel. In the case of registered old-timers, consequently no restrictions would apply to fuel-powered vehicles. That is why the exceptions are limited to vehicles with the greatest historical heritage value.

I want to buy a new vehicle. How can I be certain that it may enter the LEZ?

In principle all new vehicles have Euro norm 6. You may always enter the LEZ with this. Always check the Euro norm when buying a second-hand vehicle. Take into account that the norms for entering the LEZ will become more stringent in 2020 and 2025. 

The LEZ conditions are less stringent for petrol powered vehicles. A euro norm 3 petrol powered vehicle may enter the LEZ until a date to be determined.

Find out more here about the tightened conditions for admission in 2020, 2025 and 2028.

Why does the LEZ not apply to motorbikes?

The LEZ conditions do not apply to motorbikes because the automatic number plate reading cameras cannot yet control them.

Why is LPG considered the same as petrol?

The same conditions for entering the LEZ apply to petrol, gas and LPG-powered vehicles. LPG vehicles are retrofitted petrol-powered vehicles. This means that the same conditions for admission apply as for petrol-powered vehicles.

Here too several polluting substances are taken into account. We do not only look at the CO2 emissions, which are lower for LPG vehicles than for similar petrol-powered vehicles. There is less of a difference between a petrol-powered vehicle and an LPG vehicle when considering the emissions of other substances, such as particulate matter and soot.

What about commercial number plates?

Commercial number plates are divided into categories: traders’ plates always start with Z, test drive number plates always feature the letters ZZ. These number plates are not linked to one specific vehicle.

The holder is obliged to make legitimate use of them. If this type of number plate is affixed to a vehicle that may only enter the LEZ after payment, a permit can be purchased for the vehicle. If the number plate is affixed to a vehicle that may not enter the LEZ, you may only buy an LEZ day pass eight times a year. The use of commercial number plates will be checked through enforcement in the streets in the LEZ.

Particulate filter

Is a filter efficient?

Yes. A semi-open filter will remove 30 to 50 percent of soot particles. Note: A catalytic converter is not a particulate filter.

  • Diesel-powered cars (Euro norm 3 and 4) can only be fitted with a semi-open particulate filter.
  • Closed filters are fitted on all new diesel-powered cars (Euro norm 5). These are even more efficient. Further information: roetfilterpremie (in Dutch) or call the Flemish information line at 1700 (in Dutch).

How does the city know whether my vehicle has a filter?

Antwerp city can check if a vehicle is allowed into the LEZ by means of a list. This list is based on the database of the Vehicle Registration Department (Directie Inschrijvingen van Voertuigen or short DIV).

  • Vehicles that received a Flemish premium for a filter are automatically included on this list.
  • If you had a filter fitted without a Flemish premium, you will have to register your vehicle first.

Attention: Euro 3 diesel vehicles may no longer enter the LEZ from 1 January 2020. As of this date, they can only enter the LEZ with a day pass

Can fitting a catalytic converter in an older vehicle that is not allowed to enter the LEZ ensure that the vehicle may enter the LEZ?

The Euro norm is a standard for determining whether a vehicle may enter the LEZ. If a vehicle's Euro norm is too low, then fitting a catalytic converter will not change the fact that the vehicle may not enter the LEZ. A catalytic converter or filter does not change the Euro norm of a vehicle.

My Diesel vehicle (Euro norm 3) has a particulate filter. What should I do?

Attention! As of 1/1/2020, Euro 3 diesel vehicles may no longer enter the LEZ even if fitted with a particulate filter. As of this date, these vehicles can only enter the LEZ with a day pass.

Diesel vehicles with Euro norm 3 with a retrofitted soot filter may still enter the LEZ after registering for free. If you applied for a Flemish premium for your vehicle with Euro norm 3, your vehicle may enter the LEZ without registering.

The vehicle may have an integrated soot filter. You can find this information on the Certificate of Conformity. The particulate matter is listed under 46.1 or 48.1. If this value is under 0.005, then the vehicle has an integrated soot filter that fulfils the conditions. In that case, you must also register your car.

LEZ in Europe

Does the enforcement of a low emission zone still make sense now that it has been proven that vehicle manufacturers have tampered with the emissions of a number of cars?

Yes, the LEZ will always improve air quality. The Euro norm takes into account the emission of various substances such as CO (carbon monoxide), NOx (nitrogen dioxide) and particulate matter. In older diesel-powered vehicles soot emissions are a big problem. These are vehicles with a lower Euro norm.

The LEZ mainly wants to reduce the quantity of soot and particulate matter in the air to improve the local air quality. In the case of the manipulation of the test values, the NOx values did not give an accurate representation of the effective emissions. The emissions of soot and particulate matter in older diesel-powered vehicles are still worse than those of new diesel-powered vehicles.

Are there any other cities with a LEZ?

Antwerp is the first city in Belgium that established an LEZ, but in Europe there are many other cities with an LEZ.

In the Netherlands there are several cities who have a ‘milieuzone’, in Germany they have ‘Umweltzones’. Vehicles must have a valid sticker to enter these German low emission zones. 

Large cities such as Paris and London also have a low emission zone. Vehicles with a non-British number plate are also subject to registration before entering London’s Low Emission Zone.

 

Also cities in Sweden, Denmark and Italy are banning the most polluting vehicles from their cities.

Registration, exemption and temporary permit

My permit is about to expire. How do I request an extension?

Did you submit your application through the website? 
Then you can extend your permit after payment by clicking the “e-counter link” in the confirmation e-mail about the approval of your previous application. You will then be taken to a detail screen. Click the “extend” button at the bottom of this screen. 

  • You can use the “extend” button to extend an ongoing or previous permit. All the information of your previous permit will automatically be filled out in the new application. You don’t have to re-submit your documentation. 

Exception: if the original documents were submitted more than 6 months ago, you will have to resubmit them however.

You cannot extend your permit in the following situations:

  • Your vehicle, number plate and/or vehicle data have changed
  • Vehicle data are missing in the LEZ database 
  • The LEZ database is offline due to technical issues or maintenance 
  • The original application was submitted over two years ago

Has your personal information changed? Does your vehicle no longer fulfil the conditions of the original application? Then submit a new application or use the “copy” button if available.

  • Copy your contact information and financial details into a new application with the "copy" button. This is especially useful if you have to submit an application for multiple vehicles. 

If you used your A profile to submit your application, then you can also check, extend or copy all your applications using the e-counter at www.antwerpen.be.

Did you submit your application in one of the city offices?

Then you must submit a new application and resubmit the required documentation. You can submit a new application through this website using the registration tool. Find out here how to purchase your permit online. Do you need assistance to fill our your application or do you not have a computer? Then make an appointment in one of the city offices.

Submit a new application no later than 10 days before the expiration date of your current permit to ensure you can enter the city. Make sure the application is duly and correctly filled out and paid on time.

I want to register multiple vehicles. How do I do this?

Have you already submitted an application through the website and do you want to register multiple vehicles? Just click the “copy” button in the detail screen of your application.

You can find the detail screen of your application by clicking the “e-counter link” in the confirmation e-mail you received about your application. The “copy” button can be found at the bottom of the screen. Click the button to copy your contact details and financial details into a new application. 

Did you use your A profile to submit your application? Then you can log in to the e-counter at www.antwerpen.be to check the detail screen and copy the details of an application, in addition to clicking the “e-counter link” in the e-mail. You can also find a list of all your applications in the e-counter.

What if there is no Euro norm on my registration documents?

Is there no Euro norm on your registration documents? And is not listed in the database of the Vehicle Registration Department either? Then the date of the first registration will be used to determine whether your car is admitted to the LEZ or not. The date of the vehicle’s first registration is listed on the vehicle registration documents under section V9. You can then take this test to check whether your vehicle may enter the LEZ.

What if the actual driver at the time of the offence is not the same person as the vehicle owner?

The Flemish Decree of 27/11/2015 states the following:

“Art. 8 § 1 If an commence was committed, that violates LEZ regulations, it is presumed that this was committed by the holder (owner) of the number plate. This assumption applies until proof to the contrary is provided, which can be provided with all legal means of proof.”

 

The owner of the vehicle can have the data of the actual driver, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, adapted so the fine is sent to the actual driver. This can be done after submission of official documents. The change of data can be requested by a natural and a legal person.

Which steps must the vehicle owner take to change this data.

Within 10 days after the date on which the “notification of an offence” is sent to the vehicle owner, he or she must send sufficient official documents to the following e-mail address: LEZ_overtreding@antwerpen.be.

For a natural person (private individual) all the following documents must be appended to the e-mail:

  • Name, address and national register number of the actual driver, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence (copy of the ID card)
  • A signed statement by this driver, in which he/she acknowledges that he/she was the actual driver at the time of the offence.

A legal entity (business) must append the following documents to the e-mail:

  • Rental contract for rental cars or official log date for replacement cars.
  • Name and address of the actual driver at the time of the offence.
  • Declaration of authenticity of this data by the legal representative of the company, who is listed in the Central Database for Enterprises as the CEO or by an authorised representative with a proxy.

Please note: If all of the above documents are not submitted within 10 days after the date on which the fine was sent, you must follow the official appeals procedure.

Is there a difference between the people who live in the LEZ or outside of the LEZ?

No, there is no difference. The LEZ applies to anyone who wishes to enter it with a vehicle. There is one exception to this rule: anyone living in the LEZ, who owns a diesel-powered vehicle (Euro norm 3 without a filter) and is entitled to increased health care reimbursements is eligible for a permit against payment at the reduced tariff until 31/12/2019. As of 2020, these vehicles may only enter the LEZ with an LEZ day pass.

What should I do if my car is declared total loss or if my number plate has been cancelled and I still have a permit for the LEZ?

If you purchased a permit for six months or a year and the period has not yet expired by 50 percent, then you can request a refund of half of the amount you paid. The exact conditions for such a refund are set out in Article 6 of the tariff regulations.

You can only submit an application for a refund if:

  • Your vehicle has been declared total loss.
  • The number plate of your vehicle has been cancelled.
  • If you sell the vehicle during the period of validity and you have bought a new vehicle that fulfils the general conditions for admission that are valid from 1 January 2020 (e.g. in case you sell your previous car and buy a new car). The new vehicle must be registered in your name and associated with your number plate at the time of the application.

How can you submit your application?

  • The application must be submitted by the original applicant for the LEZ permit or by the holder of the number plate, or by their successor(s).
  • State the application number of the permit and the license plate in your e-mail
  • clearly state why you are requesting a refund and add the following documents:
    •  in case of total loss: insurance documents
    • in case of cancellation of the number plate: certificate of cancellation issued by the FPS Mobilty and Traffic
    • in case of sale of the car: new car registration documents. Send your application to: lez@antwerpen.be

Why are old-timers only eligible for a permit against payment as of 40 years?

The Flemish conditions for admission determine when a vehicle has access to a low emission zone. Older vehicles tend to emit relatively more polluting substances and therefore are not included in the categories of vehicles that are admitted to the LEZ. The Flemish legislation, however, states that the local government can grant permits to vehicles older than 40 years.

The City of Antwerp has taken advantage of this option to grant permission to vehicles older than 40 years to enter the city at a reduced tariff. Similar age limits apply in foreign low emission zones.

Old vehicles between the ages of 25 and 40 years are not included in this exception. In Belgium the official age cut-off limit for an old-timer is very close to the threshold for a Euro norm 1 car (passenger vehicles: 1 July 1992). This means that there would be no restrictions for petrol-powered cars whereas old petrol-powered vehicles that do not fulfil Euro 1 are also very polluting.

How will the Euro norm of a vehicle be adapted to reflect the fact that a better engine has been fitted into the vehicle?

When adapting a vehicle, you must first request the agreement of the manufacturer (certificate for the replacement of an engine). Then a homologation procedure must be started through the vehicle inspection department (certificate of conformity for engine emissions). The data on the certificate of conformity will then be copied to the registration documents.

If changes are made to the engine, then both the certificate of conformity and the registration documents will be adapted to reflect this. Based on this, your vehicle may be admitted to the LEZ.

How long beforehand do I have to register?

You can register your vehicle up to 24 hours after entering the LEZ if:

  • your vehicle fulfils the conditions for admission (for vehicles with a foreign number plate)
  • your vehicle is eligible for an exemption (for vehicles of persons with disabilities)
  • you want to register a filter or better Euro norm for your vehicle.

You can register your vehicle no later than on the day before you enter the LEZ if:

  • your vehicle does not fulfil the conditions for admission but you are entitled to enter after payment 

If you are not entitled to a permit or you are too late to purchase a permit, you can still buy an LEZ day pass on the day that you entered the LEZ with your vehicle. You can do this online or at an LEZ terminal. The LEZ day pass costs 35 euros and is valid until 6 a.m. the next day.

How soon may I enter the LEZ after submitting an application?

After you have submitted an application (and have paid), it takes the administration 10 days to process your application. You can enter the zone at your own risk during this 10-day period. After the application has been approved, the permit will be activated as of the start date that was entered. If the chosen start date is in the past, the approved permit will work retroactively. If your application was denied, and you did enter the LEZ in the 10-day period that it takes to process your application, you will be fined. So make sure to provide the right information.

Attention: the start date is different depending on the type of application! If you are paying to be admitted to the LEZ, then the earliest possible start date is the day after you submitted your application. In the case of a free registration or an exemption, the day before the application was submitted will be used as the start date.

 

What if my online payment has failed?

If your online payment did not go through and the status of your application in the e-counter is “to be paid”, you can no longer use this application. The fact that your payment did no go through blocked the system, preventing you from continuing to use the application. You must then submit a new application.

Was your vehicle imported from abroad?

Always use the online check tool to see whether your vehicle is admitted to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).The database relies on the data of DIV (Belgian vehicle registration service). When registering an imported vehicle in Belgium, the DIV will, among others, use the international registration certificate and the certificate of conformity. You must submit the original documents to the DIV. Make sure you keep a copy of the originals.

Things you should pay attention to when entering the LEZ with an imported vehicle.

  • Always check whether the vehicle’s Belgian registration certificate lists a Euro emission standard
    • If yes, then this is the official Euro emission standard for the LEZ;
    • If no, then the date when your vehicle was first registered applies. You can then use the online check tool to check whether your vehicle may enter the LEZ.
  • If you suspect that the Euro emission standard of your Belgian registration certificate does not correspond with its effective Euro emission standard, then you must contact the DIV to have this information changed. In anticipation of this, you can already request a correction in our system, by providing the required documents.

You must apply for a separate registration of your vehicle in the following cases:

  • Diesel vehicles Euro 3 with a particulate filter: the DIV does not register particulate filters in Euro 3 diesel vehicles in its database. These must be separately registered with us, using the online tool and submitting the required documents.
  • Attention: Euro 3 diesel vehicles may no longer enter the LEZ from 1 January 2020. As of this date, they can only enter the LEZ with a day pass

 

What should I do when my license plate or other data regarding my admission, registration or exemption, change?

If you sell your vehicle and/or change the number plate, the vehicle needs to be re-registered with the new number plate or you need to buy a new permit. As set out in Article 4.3 of the municipal regulations for the low emission zone of Antwerp, permits, registrations or exemptions are non-transferable. 

LEZ area

How do I recognize the LEZ?

You will recognize the LEZ by these signs. This road sign will also be used in other future low emission zones in Flanders. These signs indicate that you are entering or exiting the LEZ.

Once you drive past this board, you are inside the LEZ. There are also automatic number plate recognition cameras at the entrances to the LEZ. They zoom in on every number plate, comparing it to the list of admitted vehicles. When a camera registers a vehicle that does not comply with these conditions, a fine will be sent to the owner. That is why you should always check your vehicle with the check tool before entering the LEZ.

Can other Belgian cities also enforce an LEZ?

They can. The Flemish LEZ legislation applies to the whole of Flanders. Ghent will introduce an LEZ in 2020. The conditions for admission will be identical to those in Antwerp. In Mechelen, an LEZ will be introduced in 2021.

Attention: permits after payment for the LEZ Antwerp are not valid in other cities with low emission zones. Free registrations are valid in the Flemish low emission zones, but not in Brussels.

You can find further information about the enforcement of an LEZ in Mechelen on the City of Mechelen’s website. Kindly refer to the City of Ghent’s website for further information about the enforcement of an LEZ in Ghent from 2020.

More information about the various low emission zones in Flanders can be found on the LNE website (in Dutch).

LEZ in Brussels

Brussels will enforce an LEZ on 1/1/2018. Attention: the conditions for admission in Antwerp and Brussels are different because Brussels is not Flemish, and enforces different regulations as a result! This means your vehicle may be admitted in Brussels, but not in Antwerp! Always use the check tool to check your vehicle before coming to Antwerp!

The biggest differences between the LEZ in Antwerp and the LEZ in Brussels in a nutshell:

  • Upon introduction in Brussels, the conditions for admission only apply to diesel-powered vehicles. Conditions for petrol-powered vehicles will only be enforced as of 2019.
  • The conditions for admission in Brussels will be listed here, from the introduction until 2025. 
  • Vehicle categories that must fulfil the conditions for admission in Antwerp but not in Brussels:
    • agricultural and forestry vehicles (category T)
    • vehicles of over 3.5 tons for transporting goods (categories N2 and N3)
    • camping vehicles
    • classic cars with an O license plate (including foreign vehicles) which were first registered over 30 years ago. In Antwerp, only vehicles that are 40 years or older may enter the LEZ, after payment.

You can find further information about the Brussels LEZ at www.lez.brussels.

How many Vehicles may enter the LEZ?

The estimate for 2016 is that 75 % of all vehicles fulfil the LEZ conditions. Most other cars may enter the LEZ after payment. By 2020, 85 % of all vehicles should be able to automatically enter the LEZ because people buy new vehicles. The remaining 15 % may no longer enter the LEZ or will have to buy a temporary permit.

Why isn't the LEZ larger?

An LEZ is mainly efficient in densely populated areas - the city centre - and must be clearly defined. Then the situation is clear for everyone.

  • A smaller zone has less of a health impact.
  • A larger zone is more difficult to organise and control

 

Why is the Antwerp Ring road not included in the LEZ?

The traffic on the Antwerp Ring Road effectively contributes to the air pollution in Antwerp. However, the town council has no authority over motorways or the Antwerp Ring Road. In order to reduce traffic on the Ring road and/or make it more environmentally-friendly, the Government of Flanders is currently preparing the toll payment scheme for trucks and a road vignette scheme for passenger cars.

The LEZ is designed to improve local air quality. Our objective is first and foremost to reduce pollutants such as particulate matter and elemental carbon (soot). These emissions are inhaled, especially by vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, who circulate alongside the roads in the zone. The introduction of the LEZ does has have a substantial effect on local air quality.

Following a deviation, I entered the LEZ with a vehicle that is not admitted. Will I get fined?

If you are forced to follow a deviation that runs partly through the LEZ as a result of road works or after an accident (following signs or directions of a police officer), you will not be fined if you followed this deviation correctly.

How can I reach the P+R on Linkeroever, coming from the E34 or E17 without driving through the LEZ?

If you are traveling to Antwerp via the E17:

  • take exit 17 – Zwijndrecht direction Zwijndrecht
  • turn left onto the Pastoor Coplaan,
  • turn right toward Dorp Oost/N70
  • at the roundabout, take the first exit to the Blancefloerlaan/N70
  • P&R ‘Blancefloer 3’ is on your right side after 150m
  • after another 1.3km, you will find P&R 'Blancefloer 1' and 'Blancefloer 2'.

If you are traveling to Antwerp via the E34:

  • take exit 9 – Melsele to the N450 toward Beveren/Melsele
  • turn right toward Melseledijk/N450
  • after 2.5km, turn left toward Grote Baan/N70
  • P&R ‘Melsele’ is on your right hand side after 1.7km
  • at the roundabout, take the third exit to the Beversebaan/N70
  • at the next roundabout, take the first exit to the Blancefloerlaan/N70
  • P&R ‘Blancefloer 3’ is on your right side after 150m and after another 1.3km, you will find P&R 'Blancefloer 1' and 'Blancefloer 2'.

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Are Sportpaleis and Lotto Arena situated in the LEZ?

Large sections of Singel, Noorderlaan from Kinepolis, and a large part of Blancefloerlaan on the Left Bank fall within the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

While Sportpaleis and Lotto Arena are not actually situated in the LEZ, they are right next to it. However, the ‘Slachthuis’, ‘Park Spoor Oost’ and ‘Noordersingel’ car parks are situated in the LEZ!
Attention! Your sat-nav may suggest a route that runs through the LEZ to get to Sportpaleis or Lotto Arena. This depends on where you are coming from.

If you accidentally enter the LEZ with a vehicle that is not admitted, you must buy an LEZ day pass before midnight of the same day. The LEZ day pass (€35) can be purchased from one of the parking machines in the Spoor Oost car park and on the Slachthuislaan. This way you will avoid an administrative fine of €150.