Utrecht has had a Low Emission Zone in place since the 1st July 2007.
There is also a lorry ban on the street "`s-Gravendijkwal" in the city center for lorries > 3.5T.

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

  • Utrecht also has a Low Emission Zone for passenger cars and Light Commercial Vehicles (including campervans) (<3,5T), since 1/1/2015.

    • to access the LEZ your vehicle must be registered after 1/1/2001.

      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
      Utrecht public transport

      Scheme Boundary
      Utrecht Low Emission Zone
      key:blue shaded area is the 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?

      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

      Exemptions city
      Utrecht 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
      Utrecht English city website
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