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Brussels plans stricter norms for low emission zone

Geoffroy LIBERT 2018

Brussels plans stricter norms for low emission zone

Figures from the Brussels environment
department show that so far this year 18,640 drivers were fined for taking a
too polluting vehicle into the capital’s LEZ, the low emission zone. The figure
is up on the year. Rules are set to become even stricter on 1 January 2025.

Brussels introduced stricter rules on 1
January.  Diesel cars with a Euronorm of
4 or lower are no longer allowed into the zone. 
Petrol cars with Euronorm 1 or lower are banned too. Till the end of
June drivers with diesel vehicles with Euronorm 4 were issued with a warning
instead of a fine. During the first six months of the year over 63,000 warnings
were issued.

Most of the drivers fined were travelling
in a Euronorm 4 vehicle with a diesel engine. Drivers can only be fined once a
quarter.

Under certain conditions drivers can
request a dispensation allowing them to drive in the LEZ with a more polluting
vehicle.  This applies automatically to Oldtimers
with an O numberplate. 4,000 dispensations were requested but only 2,500 were
awarded.

Stricter rules are being introduced on 1
January 2025 when petrol cars with Euronorm 2 and diesel vehicles with Euronorm
5 will be banned.

Find out the boundaries of the LEZ by clicking here.

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