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

Amsterdam has introduced a Low Emission Zone for mopeds, taxis and tour busses 1 January 2018.

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

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 for lorries > 3.5T is Euro 4

AmsterdamRotterdam and Utrecht regulate vans, see the individual cities.

More information on Euro standards.


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 applies to the entire urban area of Amsterdam)
  • 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.

Lorries >3.5T and diesel light duty vehicles

low emission zone

Amsterdam LEZ map
key: green shaded area is the LEZ for commercial vehicles and motorhomes / camper vans (N1 vehicles) with a diesel engine built before 1-1-2000, diesel taxis built before 1-1-2009 and all buses and coaches built before 1-1-2005



blue shaded area is the ZTL for motorcycles and mopeds built before 1 January 2011

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


No registration needed, information is taken from the Dutch national vehicle register

Foreign vehicles are affected

Permanent, 365 days a year

With cameras viewing number plates.

€230 fine for lorries.
90€ fine for other vehicle types, 95€ after 1.1.2018

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 + 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.


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.

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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