A number of cities have decided against implementing an LEZ. A selection of these are given below. There have been many reasons, and many factors towards the reasoning



Czech Republic

There is an LEZ with a national framework in the Czech Republic, based largely on the German framework. So only Prague has decided to implement an LEZ, as well as having a permit-based access regulation in Prague. One of the other Czech cities actively investigating an LEZ was Klimkovice.


There have been two studies in France on LEZs, and there were feasibility studies started in 8 authorities: Paris, Greater Lyon, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Clermont, Pays d'Aix, Plaine, Nice and Bordeaux. So far only Paris has decided to implement an LEZ, with Lyon and Grenoble having low emission zones at times of high pollution. Other French cities may well decide to implement low emission zones in the future. 


Norway has been considering a road-tolling-based LEZ for three cities for a number of years, to build on their current road tolling. The indications are that these schemes will be in place before long in 2 or all of these cities. Information on the considered schemes can be found under our Norway pages.


Switzerland has investigated LEZs. The federal states took a vote on allowing LEZs in Swiss law. The vote decided that LEZs should not be enabled in Swiss law.


A number of UK cities have undertaken feasibility studies into LEZs. These include Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, West Midlands, Glasgow, Bath, Warwick, Sheffield. So far no city outside London has a full LEZ. Four cities outside London have implemented bus-LEZs, BrightonNorwichNottingham and Oxford.
In 2017 there was a low emissions framework / law published, which allows other cities to implement low emission zones (or "Clean Air Zones" as they are called). There are a number of cities that are likely to implement low emission zones. See our news item.

Helmond, The Netherlands

Helmond decided on the basis of an impact assessment that an LEZ was not an effective measure for Helmond. There air pollution problem was not significantly due to lorry emissions. This meant that an LEZ in Helmond would have less impact.

Regensburg, Germany

For many years Regensburg had an LEZ as a planned measure, with the start date not yet set. The LEZ is was stated as a measure in the air quality management plan, but it was for a while not given a actively planned measure. In 2017 Regensburg decided to implement a LEZ by latest 30th September 2017.


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