Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Freight Road Haulage Vehicles to be Restricted by Another Low Emission Zone

Seven Day A Week Ban Will Affect Urban Deliveries and Collections
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM – With the drive for cleaner air sweeping across Europe at pace it was never going to be long before the city generally considered to be the seat of the European Parliament took steps to control pollution. And so it seems now is the time for Brussels to introduce its own new environmental zone which will come into force on the first day of 2018. On 1 January, Belgium's capital will introduce an extensive environmental zone covering the entire metropolitan area with its 19 municipalities. In order to enter this zone, all European vehicle owners, road haulage freight, coaches and private vehicles alike, must first be registered in the municipal database.

Foreign drivers currently have no reason to panic as for the present this regulation only applies to Belgians, other nationals will not have to register before June 1. In order to not miss this deadline, travellers should stay informed as to the current regulations. The restrictions are also not as stringent as in some other European cities. Trucks in the various classes will be treated differently, N1 class vehicles (n/e 3,500 kilogrammes) which do not meet EURO 2 emission standards will be immediately banned but may be allowed up to 8 visits per year if granted an environmental pass for an additional fee.

From 2019 only diesel vehicles with EURO emission standards 3-6 and petrol vehicles with EURO emission standards 2-6. In 2022 and 2025 there will be further restrictions. The whole Brussels region with all its 19 municipalities is affected and the environmental zone is bordered on the west and the north by Europastraße E19, on the east by Europastraße E40 and on the south by the municipality Watermael-Boitsfort. The restrictions of the LEZ of Brussels do not apply to the Europastraßen E19 and E40. Also excluded are four Park&Ride parking areas: Céria Coovi, Stalle (Ukkel), Kraainem (Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe) and Esplanade (Brussels city).

The LEZ of Brussels was actually proposed back in 2016 and it is permanent, that means 24 hours a day for 7 days a week, including on Sundays and public holidays, and this latest move follows the introduction of the Antwerp Low Emission Zone on 1 February 2017. Travellers can check the current level of restrictions HERE.