Rotterdam has had an LEZ in place since 2007.
Rotterdam also has an access regulation in place called Rotterdam - AR.

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

  • Rotterdam LEZ also includes,

    since 1 January 2016:

    • Diesel cars and vans (including campervans) vehicles registered after 1 July 2001.
    • Due to a verdict (4 June 2017) all petrol cars can enter the LEZ petrol and dedicated LPG vans and cars registered after 1 July 1992 It is not clear for how long this will be that way. City of Rotterdam is considering steps against this court decision. 

    • From 2018, the entry standards may be tightened.

    • The plan is that diesel vans and passenger cars must be registered after 1 January 2005.
    • However, this change depends on the air quality at that time. We will give more details as they are available, please here check regularly.

    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.

    Rotterdam public transport

    Scheme Boundary
    Rotterdam Low Emission Zone
    blue shaded area is the LEZ
    For a Rotterdam city Website
    more detailed map, please see Rotterdam city website's interactive map (opens in a new window)

    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?

    Hours of operation
    Permanent, 365 days a year

    With cameras viewing number plates.

    €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

    Netherlands Exemptions

    Rotterdam exemptions
    Rotterdam exemptions

    Local name for the scheme

    Further Information
    A zipped file with a list of all cities, streets and postcodes of all Dutch LEZ cities (zipped excel list, 1.4MB), last updated 25/11/15. There can be no rights derived from this list.
    National website:
    A summary of the impacts of LEZs in the Netherlands can be found on our webpage on the Netherlands air quality impacts page.

    City website
    Rotterdam city Website
    More information on the LEZ Rotterdam
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