To improve air quality, Ghent’s inner city (the area within the ring road) will become a low-emission zone on 1 January 2020. Only vehicles that meet the conditions for admission will be allowed into this zone. Avoid being fined and always check your vehicle before coming to Ghent.
Permitted vehicles with a foreign number plate must be registered. You can register your vehicle from September 2019 via the registration tool at www.lez2020.gent. Always check your vehicle in advance to avoid a fine!
ATTENTION: Beware of certain commercial companies (e.g., Green Zone) that offer you a service against payment. This service has no legal value and City of Ghent is not in any way involved in this service. You can register your vehicle or buy a permit without additional administrative fees from September 2019 via the registration tool at www.lez2020.gent , which is operated by the City of Ghent.There is no obligation to show a physical document as proof that you may enter the low emission zone in Ghent. The check is done based on the number plate and is fully automated.
What if your vehicle is not allowed to enter?
There are several possibilities if your vehicle is not automatically allowed to enter the low-emission zone. Some vehicles have to be registered (only once, free of charge) while other vehicles require you to buy a paid permit or LEZ day pass. It will be possible to register your vehicle or to buy a paid permit as of September 2019.
Register your vehicle free of charge
Do you need to register your vehicle? Register your vehicle free of charge no later than 24 hours after entering the low-emission zone. You can register your vehicle as of September 2019.
Which vehicles need to be registered?
Do you want to buy a permit?
Do you want to buy a LEZ day pass?
Where is the low-emission zone?
To whom does the Ghent low-emission zone apply?
The low-emission zone applies to:
- all domestic and foreign vehicles (passenger cars, camper vans, vans and trucks, agricultural vehicles, buses - this also includes tourist coaches)
- petrol and diesel vehicles
- gas-fuelled vehicles (CNG, LNG and LPG)
- 24 hours a day / 7 days a week starting from 1 January 2020
The low-emission zone does NOT apply to:
- mopeds and motorcycles
- electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles with a maximum CO2 emission of 50g/km
- priority vehicles, such as police or fire trucks
How does the low-emission zone work?
Alternatives, subsidies, premiums and questions
What are the alternatives?
Your car's flexibility or a tram's convenience? Why not use both? Reach your destination easily and comfortably by combining different means of transport. Whether you come on foot, by bike, by public transport, by cab or by car.
Read more. What are the alternatives?
Check out our premiums and subsidies
Do you want to prepare for the introduction of the low-emission zone? Then find out whether you qualify for premiums or subsidies in your capacity as a Ghent resident or entrepreneur.