Palermo's LEZ is no longer in operation. It may re-start following the new traffic plan, please check regularly for updates.
Milan's Area C is now confirmed as being in operation until further notice, extended beyond the previous 31.1.13.
Wendlingen, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany started its LEZ on 2nd April 2013, Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1, green sticker.
Austria A12 Motorway night time ban, exemptions are now EEV lorries (until 31.12.13) and Euro VI (until 31.12.15).
The Italian Winter LEZs are about to come to an end until next winter. In Emila Romagna, Bolzano, Trentino, Umbria Regions and Aosta, from 31st March and Lombardia Region from 15th April and Rovigo from 19th April.
Umea, Sweden, has confirmed it will implement an LEZ from 1st April 2014 for heavy duty vehicles, according to the Swedish LEZ framework. Heavy duty vehicles are allowed 6 years from the date of first registration, Euro 3 vehicles 8 years from date of first registration.
Naples LEZ continues until at least 30.06.13.
London's LEZ will tighten for NOx in 2015 for TfL buses only. This will be met by new Euro VI & hybrid buses together with retrofitting 900 buses with SCR.
Ferentino, in Lazio, Italy has an LEZ on Wednesdays until April.
Many LEZs tighten today - please see below!
Uppsala’s LEZ is starting for heavy duty vehicles on 1st January 2013, minimum standard Euro 3
Steiermarks LEZ in Graz and many parts of Steiermark, Austria.
Remscheid, Germany LEZ starts 1st January 2013, Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1
The LEZ for Ludwigsburg, Markgröningen, Pleidelsheim, Freiberg am Neckar, and Ingersheim in Baden-Württemberg also covers Kornwestheim, Asperg, Möglingen, Tamm and Bietigheim-Bissingen since 1st January 2013.
Lots of LEZs tighten 1.1.13, particularly in Germany
The Ruhr LEZ, covering: Bochum, Bottrop, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Gladbeck, Herne, Herten, Mühlheim, Oberhausen, and Recklinghausen. (Euro 3/Euro 1), as well as the other NRW LEZs of: Bonn, Dortmund, Hagen and Köln (Cologne): Euro 3/Euro 1
Baden-Württemberg: Freiberg am Neckar, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Ingersheim, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Markgröningen, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Remscheid, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen, Ulm and Urbach: Euro 4/Euro 1
Elsewhere in Germany Magdeburg & Halle (Saale): Euro 4/Euro 1
In Italy Rome's ZTL1 for Coaches tightens to Euro 4.
In Umbria, Perugia and Ponte San Giovanni have emergency measure LEZs that can be implemented from 10th December – 31st March when they have high pollution levels.
In the Czech Republic Prague's LEZ tighens to Euro 4.
Retrofits certified in Europe have changed
A12 Motorway, Austria, Euro IV lorries no longer given exemption for the night time ban, exemptions are now Euro V, Euro VI and EEV lorries only.
The Mont-Blanc Tunnel between Italy and France now bans Euro 2 lorries
Rovigo, Italy, has confirmed their winter LEZ will re-start on 12th November 2012, with the same standards as last winter.
In Trentino province, Italy, Trento and Borgo Valsugana have confirmed that the winter LEZs re-starting on 1st November 2012. There may be other LEZs in Trentio province confirming, we will let you know as we hear.
Umbria re-starts as emergency measures from 10 December - 31 March as an emergency measure after periods of high air pollution, and is not always in operation
Neu-Ulm’s LEZ tightens 5th November 2012 to Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1
Rome has a general permenant LEZ starting from 1st November 2012 affecting all vehicles
Lombardia’s winter LEZs re-start 15th October 2012, affecting the largest cities and towns. A permenant LEZs affecting motorcycles and public buses in the entire region is also in place.
Genova’s permit access system has requirements for Euro 3 standards for some vehicles
In Toscana, Capannori and Livorno no longer operate LEZs, other standards have changed, check each relevant city.
Many Emilia Romagna comunes no longer operate LEZs; Bologna, Carpi, Faenza, Ferrara, Forli, Monte San Pietro, Reggio Emilia and those outside the cities. (winter LEZ restarted 1st October 2012)
The winter LEZs in Emilia Romagna region re-start with tightened standards on 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013, and will do the same for the next 2 years.
Naples LEZ continues until at least 31.12.12
Milan’s Area C congestion charge combined with an LEZ is confirmed as in operation until at least 31.3.13.
Verona’s LEZ for commercial vehicles (L2, N5, N) tightens to Euro 3 1.12.2012.
Erfurt will start on 1st October with a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard
Dinslaken (Germany NRW) LEZ will tighten to Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker on 1st October 2012
Hagen (Germany NRW) has decided that the LEZ will tighten to Diesel Euro 4(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker on 1st July 2014
Bonn, Germany tightened to Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Yellow Sticker on 1st July 2012
Erfurt will start on 1st October with a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard, Green sticker
Krefeld will tighten on 1st July to a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard, Green sticker
Munich will tighten on 1st October to a Euro 4(PM) for diesel and Euro 1 for petrol standard, Green sticker
Rome tightened from 1st July so that Euro 2 and 3 lorries cannot have access from 7:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 20:00.
Graz, Austria is re-considering implementing an LEZ.
Our site has new features! Drop-down menus added for quick access to all city details, Larger homepage map for better one-click access for major cities, Better country maps and navigation for Italy and Germany.
Cologne extends its LEZs area from 1st April 2012. It also confirmed standards tightening fromm 1.1.13 and 1.1.14.
Lisbon’s LEZ tightens and extends on the 1st April 2012. Euro 2 in the inner area, Euro 1 in the outer area.
The LEZ in Napoli has been altered and extended until at least 30.6.12.
LEZ starting 16.1.12: Central Milan's 'Area C' congestion charge and LEZ.
LEZs tightening 1.1.12: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Markgröningen, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen, Ulm, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Neu-Ulm in Germany. As well as Lisbon, Rome.
Milan's Ecopass is no longer in operation from 1.1.12, and is replaced by a congestion charge that also combines as an LEZ, banning certain Euro standard verhicles called 'Area C', which starts in operation on 16.1.12.
Hagen, Germany LEZ starts 1.1.2012
The existing Baden-Württemberg LEZs are tightening to Euro 3(PM), these are: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Markgröningen, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen, Ulm. The exception is Stuttgart which is tightening to Euro 4.
Frankfurt is tightening to Euro 4(PM)
Neu-Ulm is tightening to Euro 3(PM) 1.1.2012
The Ruhr LEZ expand their area to a single area of 820km2 1.1.2012. The current Ruhr LEZs are: Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mühlheim, Oberhausen, and Recklinghausen. From 1.1.12 it will also include Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herne and Herten.)
Osnabrück is tightening to Euro 4(PM) 3.1.2012
Further Italian winter LEZs confimed for this year:
Aosta winter LEZ re-started November 2011 (Euro 1)
Rovigo winter LEZ re-started November and tightening to Euro 3 for diesels.
Verona all year round LEZ was tightened to Euro 2
Portugal: Lisbon is Portugals first LEZ!
Hungary: Budapest has an emissions-related charging system
Bolzano / SüdTirol's LEZs re-start 1st November 2011 and will operate all year
Emilia-Romagna region LEZs re-start 1st October 2011
Lombardy LEZs become permenent from 15th October 2011
Rome starts an LEZ for goods vehicles on 1st November 2011, to add to its coach and motorcycle LEZs.
Milan's Ecopass extended until at least December 2011.
New features: You can now link straight to our site in your language. Add the country code after www.lowemissionzones.eu, eg www.lowemissionzones.eu/de
In addition to the automatic translations, we also have an overview fully translated by mother-tongue speakers in German and Italian.
London's press release about the changes in January 2012 for vans and heavy duty vehicles, available in English, Czech (CZ), Danish (DK), French (FR), German (DE), Italian (IT), Lithuanian (LT), Hungarian (HU), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Spanish (ES).
Trento re-starts its LEZ on the 10th January 2011.
Napoli confirms that the LEZ will continue until at least the 31st December 2011.
New & improved: We have improved our LEZ Quick Guide, and you can now search the LEZs by those affecting different vehicle type, at the click of a button.
New & Improved: You can now link to all LEZ registrations directly from our website, see the information on each city, country or region.
Reminder: Find which retrofits are certified in which countries here.
Coming up:1st November: Rijswijk in the Netherlands starts its LEZ. Italy: Bolzano's LEZs start again. Emilia Romagna LEZs are confirmed as being in operation from 1 November 2010 to 31 March 2011, and 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2012.
Coming up: 15th October, Lombardy's LEZs start again.
Napoli's LEZ extended to at least 31st December 2010
Markgroningen (Germany) is planning an LEZ from 1st July 2011.
1st October 2010: Munich's LEZ tightens
1st September 2010: Danish LEZs tighten
1st July 2010. New LEZs in Sweden and Denmark. LEZs strengthen in Denmark, Stuttgart.
24th March 2010: Emmendingen 24th March 2010
Cleaning Europe’s Air: A complete, multilingual, one-stop-source of information on Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in Europe
There is now a single website which gives you all the information you need on Low Emission Zones in one place – and in your language!
Why LEZs? Air pollution kills an estimated 310 000 people a year in Europe. The European Union has set legally defined air quality standards to protect our health. Many cities and towns in most countries in Europe fail to meet these standards. Increasing numbers of cities and towns operate or are preparing “Low Emission Zones”, or “Environment Zones” among other measures, to help meet the standards. There are currently over 160 LEZs in 11 countries in Europe, including cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Milan, but also many smaller towns like Mühlacker (Germany), Como (Italy) or Norwich (UK) - and the A12 motorway in Tirol (Austria).
LEZs are areas or roads to which entry is restricted for vehicles with more polluting engines. Who needs this site? Anyone who drives around Europe; including hauliers, tourists, lorry and coach operators. It provides all the information needed to navigate around Europe's LEZs – including where to can drive with which vehicles. With one button the website is in your language and the information is in one or two clicks from the homepage.
Your questions on LEZs are answered in a regularly updated website, with no adverts or cost to users. Questions like: Where exactly are these zones? Can our vehicles drive into them? What emission standard is my vehicle? Do I have to register before I drive in? How can my vehicle comply with the standards? What air quality impact do LEZs have?
The EU is supporting this website with part-funding for 3 years from the 8th December 2009 as part of its implementation of the EU Action Plan on Urban Mobility.
Please write about this website, use it, recommend it, link to it and spread information about it.
Further information for news articles or stakeholders, contact Lucy Sadler at Sadler Consultants Ltd. Download a full version of this press release as pdf.
8th December 2009 - This website has been granted EU-funding to extend the website for 3 years. Amongst other things, this will give details of ALL LEZs and implement translations of the website in many different languages! Update will be in place in Spring 2010.
November 2009: The A12 Austrian Motorway standards have tightened.
October 2009: Our 'Quick guide to all LEZs' tables are now more easily found on our website ! You can see summary tables of all LEZs in Europe, sorted either by LEZ start date or by country & city. It can help you decide what vehicle you need to travel to all your destinations!
October/November 2009, Italian winter LEZs are now coming into operation.
September 2009: German-registered heavy duty vehicles can now also find out what particulate traps fit their vehicles from www.feinstaubplakette.de.
On the 1st August 2009 the Dutch LEZ sign changed to for entering and on exit, see the Netherlands page for more details.
June 2009: Information on the measured impact on LEZs, now many have been in operation for over a year and on strengthening Dutch enforcement of LEZs, see here.
January 2009: lots of new LEZs in Germany and updates to filters certified
6th November 2008: Lots of updates to the Dutch and Norwegian LEZs.
9th October 2008: Amsterdam started its LEZ
7th October 2008: Heavy goods vehicle retrofits now available for Germany. See the updated retrofit table.
Leiden (1/1/2009) has announced starting date of its LEZ.
PRESS RELEASE for the original launch of www.lowemissionzones.eu 22nd January 2008
Download this as a pdf: press release (.pdf 55kB)