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Introduction
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 in Amsterdam.

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

More information on Euro standards.

All cities in the Netherlands that have a Low Emission Zone, have a scheme that applies to lorries > 3.5T. The standard is the same throughout the Netherlands:

  • 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 (note, this is over a larger area than the other LEZs
    • diesel taxis built before 1-1-2009
    • all buses and coaches built before 1-1-2005

    From January 1, 2020:
    • the lorry LEZ will be tightened
    • the area of the bus and coach LEZ will be extended to the whole built up area

    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 and Rotterdam affects light duty vehicles, Amsterdam 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 covers the whole built up area of Amsterdam. See the map at the bottom of the Amsterdam LEZ page. (pressing on the blue legend box "brom-en snorfiets" shows the area for motorcycles.
    From 1.1.2020 the LEZ for buses coaches will cover this same, larger area.
    An here is also available from the city webpage. You can also choose the area for your type of LEZ.

    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


    Road signs for light duty LEZs:
    Dutch light duty vehicle low emission zone

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

    Foreign vehicles affected?
    Foreign vehicles are affected

    Retrofitting allowed?
    No

    Hours of operation
    Permanent, 365 days a year

    Enforcement
    With cameras viewing number plates.

    Penalty
    €230 fine for lorries.
    90€ fine for other vehicle types

    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

    Exemptions
    Netherlands Exemptions

    Exemptions city
    Amsterdam exemptions
    There are no exemptions available for coaches.
    Campervans can enter the LEZ if they are classified as M1. Dutch campers that are classified as N1 but registered as a camper, the registration authorities can re-register it as an M1 car.

    Local name for the scheme
    Milieuzone

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

    Information in Dutch on all the different LEZs in Amsterdam
    Amsterdam overview & details of schemes
    For more information about subsidy for electric vehicles go here.

    City website
    Amsterdam city website
    City leaflet on the lorry LEZ (in Dutch).
    City infographic on the stages of the Amsterdam Access Regulations (in English).

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