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Which vehicles will be banned from driving in Brussels from 2018?

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.

Can I still drive my car in Brussels?

Diesel

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.

Standard 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Euro 6 ok ok ok ok ok ok
Euro 5 ok ok ok ok ok x
Euro 4 ok ok x x x x
Euro 3 x x x x x x
Euro 2 x x x x x x
Euro 1 x x x x x x
No Euro x x x x x x

Petrol , LPG, CNG

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.

Standard 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Euro 6 ok ok ok ok ok ok
Euro 5 ok ok ok ok ok ok
Euro 4 ok ok ok ok ok ok
Euro 3 ok ok ok ok ok ok
Euro 2 ok ok ok ok ok x
Euro 1 x x x x x x
No Euro x x x x x x

Where can I find the Euro standard of my vehicle?

  • On your vehicle’s registration document (grey card), next to the heading 'Environmental class'
  • On the Car-Pass if it’s a used vehicle
  • On the website www.ecoscore.be, using your chassis number
  • On www.lez.brussels, using the initial registration date
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

What if my vehicle does not meet the standard?

Scrap it

Speak to an authorised centre. By scrapping the old vehicle and not registering another vehicle for at least a year, you may receive the Bruxell’Air grant;

Resell it

You can resell it second-hand, but not on the Brussels market.

Buy a day pass

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.

Find different ways of getting around Brussels

There are plenty of options! See below.

What to look out for when buying a new vehicle?

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.

How to get around Brussels without a car?

By public transport

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).

By bike or on foot

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.

With a shared car

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.

Carpooling

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.

By Segway, electric skateboard, or hoverboard

These new vehicles are becoming much more popular and opening the way to new modes of mobility.

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