Low-emission zone in Ghent 2020

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. 

Registration obligation

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. 

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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

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 permit?

Make sure you buy your permit no later than on the day of entering the LEZ before midnight. You can buy a paid permit as of September 2019. 
Vehicles eligible for temporary permit. 

Do you want to buy a LEZ day pass?

Do you want to buy a LEZ day pass?

Make sure you buy your day pass no later than on the day of entering the LEZ before midnight. You can buy a day pass as of September 2019.
More on buying 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?

How do you recognise the low-emission zone?

How do you recognise the low-emission zone?
The low-emission zone can be identified by these signs. This traffic sign is also used in other low-emission zones in Flanders.
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What are the entry requirements?

What are the entry requirements?
The most polluting vehicles are no longer allowed to enter the city. These are older diesel-powered vehicles and very old petrol-powered vehicles.
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How does the City of Ghent check your vehicle?

How does the City of Ghent check your vehicle?
If you enter the low-emission zone, you are automatically checked by a smart camera.
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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.
Read more. 

Haven't found what you are looking for?
Check out the list with frequently asked questions.
Your question is not included in the list? Email us at lez@stad.gent