Amsterdam introduced a Low Emission Zone on the 9th October 2008.

Amsterdam's goal for the future is an emission-free city by 2025. Hence electric vehicles are promoted.

Dates and details
Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht regulate vans, see the individual cities.

More information on Euro standards.

The Netherlands have a Low Emission Zone scheme that applies to lorries > 3.5T:

  • minimum standard is Euro 4

  • Amsterdam has a Low Emission Zone scheme that applies to lorries > 3.5T:
    • minimum standard is Euro 4

    From January 1, 2017 no longer allowed to enter the LEZ:
    • commercial vehicles and motorhomes / camper vans (N1 vehicles) with a diesel engine built before 1-1-2000.

    From January 1, 2018 no longer allowed to enter the LEZ:
    • mopeds built before 1-1-2011
    • diesel taxis built before 1-1-2009
    • coaches built before 1-1-2005

    Amsterdam has a website to help coach drivers and operators find parking locations in the city.
    For all drivers, there is also information on roadworks and traffic restrictions as well as suggested alternative routes.
    The website is available in Dutch, English and German.

    Vehicles affected
    The LEZs currently apply to lorries over 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight.
    Utrecht affects light duty vehicles, Amsterdam and Rotterdam will soon.
    In Amsterdam taxis, coaches and mopeds will be affected in the future.

    Public Transport
    Amsterdam public transport

    Scheme Boundary
    Amsterdam LEZ map
    key: green shaded area is the LEZ

    The LEZ for the motorcycles does have a slightly different map. See here.

    Road Sign
    The Dutch LEZ signs are:
    You are approaching an LEZ:You are entering an LEZ:You are leaving an LEZ
    Dutch approaching LEZ sign Dutch Entering LEZ sign Dutch leaving LEZ sign

    Need to Register?
    No registration needed, information is taken from the Dutch national vehicle register

    Foreign vehicles affected?
    Foreign vehicles are affected

    Retrofitting allowed?

    Hours of operation
    Permanent, 365 days a year

    With cameras viewing number plates.

    A €230 fine.

    National Scheme
    A National LEZ Covenant signed by Dutch government, municipalities and other stakeholders, whereby all Low Emissions Zones in the Netherlands apply the same Euro standards, as outlined above for lorries.
    The national scheme also allows for LEZs applied to light duty vehicles <3.5T from 2013. The cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht have light duty LEZs in operation or about to be in operation

    Netherlands Exemptions

    Exemptions city
    Amsterdam exemptions

    Local name for the scheme

    Further Information
    A list of streets and postcodes for Amsterdam (zipped txt-file 1MB).

    Amsterdam private hire car
    Amsterdam taxi
    Amsterdam tourist coaches
    Amsterdam motorcycles
    Amsterdam overview & details of schemes
    For more information about subsidy for electric vehicles go here.

    City website
    Amsterdam city website
    City leaflet (in Dutch).
    City infographic (in English).

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