Brussels’ Low Emission Zone (LEZ) now requires foreign vehicles to register in advance in order to access it.
First introduced in January 2018, vehicles must now be registered at lez-belgium.be before they can pass through the area.
Until now, the zone was undergoing a transition period – which has now ended.
After vehicles are registered online, a personalised registry sticker will be sent out displaying the details of the vehicle’s entry permit.
Currently, vehicles which don’t meet any Euro emissions standard or Euro I vehicles are barred from entering the zone.
When vehicles enter the city, their number plates are scanned by ‘intelligent cameras’ and then checked against the LEZ database.
If the vehicle is too old, a 350 euro fine will be on its way; if the vehicle complies but hasn’t been registered online, the penalty is 150 euros.
Older vehicles can still access the zone eight times a year through the purchase of individual day passes.