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

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.

In practice...

  • Old diesel vehicles (EURO 1 and vehicles without a EURO standard) are banned from the Brussels region from 1 January 2018. 
  • In 2019 access rules changed: EURO 2-standard diesel vehicles and EURO 1-standard petrol vehicles or petrol vehicles without a EURO standard are also prohibited in the Region. 
  • Since 2020 also diesel vehicles with EURO 3-standard are banned.The ban will gradually be extended, up to EURO 5 standard diesel vehicles in 2025.
  • Petrol vehicles up to the EURO 2 standard will be banned from 2025.

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What is the EURO standard?

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.

Please consult your vehicle registration ('grey card') to find out the EURO standard of your vehicle. If it is not mentioned, it is the date of registration that matters.

A paid-for day pass for non-compliant vehicles

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.

What to do with my old car?

If your car does not meet the required emission standards, you have several options:

  • if you don't replace your old car (immediately), have it scrapped at an approved centre. By scrapping the old vehicle and not registering another vehicle for at least a year, you may receive the Bruxell’Air grant;
  • sell the vehicle (but of course not on the second hand market in Brussels).

Things to keep in mind when buying a new car

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.

How do I get around Brussels without a car?

There are plenty of options!

Getting around Brussels by public transport

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).

Soft mobility

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!

Getting around Brussels by shared car

Cambio, Drive Now or Zen Car allow you occasional use of a car. Not to mention taxis.

Or would you rather rent a scooter? With Scooty you can now trace, book and ride an electric scooter, keylessly.

 And why not…

...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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