Last updated on 6 August 2020
Like 200 other European cities, Brussels has become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). Since 1 January 2018, vehicles that do not meet the European emission standard can no longer be driven in our capital city.
This European emission standard – or Euro standard – classifies vehicles on a scale of 1 to 6, according to how their engines meet environmental standards. The higher the Euro standard of a vehicle, the lower its emissions.
Since 2020, diesel vehicles of Euro 3 and below have not been permitted in Brussels. Starting in 2022, this ban will include Euro 4 diesel vehicles.
Petrol, LPG, or CNG vehicles that fall outside the Euro standard ratings or of Euro 1 standard are also prohibited. Petrol-powered vehicles up to standard Euro 2 will be banned as from 2025 onwards.
Not sure about the Euro standard of your vehicle?
It can be checked using the COC code on your vehicle’s certificate of conformity. If you get a different result, you can request a data correction. Find out more on www.lez.brussels
You can resell it second-hand, but not on the Brussels market.
If your vehicle does not meet the criteria for access to the LEZ and you need to access Brussels, you can purchase a paid-for day pass which costs 35 € per day.
You can purchase the pass before you go to Brussels and until midnight the next day.
|Please note: this pass is only valid on the day for which it was purchased. A maximum of eight passes can be bought per vehicle. It is therefore a temporary solution. Once the eight days have elapsed, the vehicle must meet the access rules.|
There are plenty of options! See below.
Technically, new cars meet the Euro 6 standard. They therefore still have access to the LEZ. As a general rule, you should consider purchasing the least polluting vehicles such as vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas, hydrogen, or even petrol (which is considered less environmentally harmful than vehicles which run on diesel).
If it is a second-hand vehicle, consult the vehicle registration or take into account the initial registration date. You should note that diesel vehicles are most targeted by regulations because they emit more pollutants.
The Brussels urban public transport service, the STIB-MIVB (tram, metro, bus), and the TEC (in Wallonia) and de Lijn (in Flanders) public transport services can be used with a single Mobib card, which can also be recharged online. Your Mobib card also allows you to use the train between various Brussels stations (Jump ticket).
Why not walk a little or use a bike for short journeys? The Brussels cycle network is expanding rapidly. Use your own bike or rent one (electric or regular) through long-time operator Villo!, which is supported by the Brussels-Capital Region or on other networks. A list is available on the Brussels Mobility site.
In addition to taxis, there are several car-sharing schemes in Brussels. Find the list on the Brussels Mobility website.
Do you prefer a moped or a scooter? Book one of these shared electric vehicles here.
Online platforms make it easy for users to find a carpool that suits their needs, for long or short distances, as well as regular or occasional trips.
These new vehicles are becoming much more popular and opening the way to new modes of mobility.
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