Last updated on 6 August 2020
Since 1 January 2018, Brussels is a low-emission zone. Like 200 other European cities, our capital wants to allow everyone to breathe clean air and live and work in the city in good conditions.
View the summary table on www.lez.brussels.
The European emission standard, or EURO standard, classifies vehicles on a scale of 1 to 6 depending on how the engine meets environmental standards.
Class 1 vehicles are the most polluting and Class 6 the least polluting.
Vehicles non-compliant to the LEZ access criteria may enter the Brussels-Capital Region with a paid-for day pass which costs 35 € per day. But this is only a temporary solution as the pass authorizes a maximum of eight days’ access to the region. Once the eight days have elapsed, the vehicle must meet the access rules.
If your car does not meet the required emission standards, you have several options:
In principle, all new vehicles meet the Euro 6 standard. So these will always have access to the LEZ. Yet it is advisable to purchase the least polluting vehicles. Why not buy an electric vehicle or a car that runs on natural gas? Or even petrol since petrol vehicles are less polluting than diesel vehicles.
If you purchase a second-hand vehicle, be certain to check its registration documents or otherwise the date of first registration. Also bear in mind that the strictest conditions apply for diesel vehicles.
There are plenty of options!
The Brussels urban public transport service, the STIB-MIVB (tram, metro, bus), and the TEC and de Lijn 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).
Cycling (your own bike or e-bike with a bike sharing network such as Villo!, Blue bike or Billy bike) is also an option not to be overlooked as the Brussels cycle network is expanding all the time, with marked and signed bike routes.
Today walking is another credible alternative to motorised modes of transport. And, like the bike, it is a healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around!
Or would you rather rent a scooter? With Scooty you can now trace, book and ride an electric scooter, keylessly.
...use a Segway, an electric skateboard or a hoverboard! These new machines are becoming more popular and paving the way to new methods of getting around.
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