Polluting cars could be fined in Brussels low emission zone from Monday

The planned adaptation period for the new vehicles banned from driving in the Brussels Region will end on 1 April.

This means that any motorist travelling with a prohibited vehicle in the low emission zone will be subject to fines as of Monday.

Since 1 January, Euro 2 diesel vehicles and Euro 0 and Euro 1 gasoline vehicles have been added to the list of vehicles already banned in the Brussels Region’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

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. The EURO standard for every vehicle is indicated on the registration documents. The card also contains information regarding the vehicle category, the fuel type and the vehicle’s first registration date.

Failure to comply with the criteria for access to the zone will result in a fine of 350 euros. However, a new fine can be received only 3 months after the previous one.

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. The pass authorizes a maximum of eight days’ access to the region, after which the vehicle must meet the access rules.

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