From 1 January 2018, the Brussels-Capital Region will become a low-emission zone (LEZ). Under the new scheme, diesel cars and vans put on the market before 1997 will be banned from the region’s 19 municipalities, including the city of Brussels. Restrictions will then be progressively expanded to include diesel cars and vans put on the market before 2015 and petrol cars and vans put on the market before 2001 in 2025.

The region plans to install 60 cameras that will scan the license plates of cars entering the low-emission zone and cross check them with the vehicle registry. Drivers of affected vehicles will, however, be allowed to access the city with a paid-for daily pass, capped at a maximum of eight days a year. Motorbikes, trucks and vehicles equipped with a wheelchair lift will not be subject to the rules.

The introduction of the LEZ is a project in which various authorities and actors are involved, specifically: Brussels Environment, Brussels Mobility, the Brussels Regional Informatics Centre, Brussels Prevention and Security and Fiscality Brussels.