What are the LEZ in Europe?

Since July 1st, 2016, vehicles registered prior to 1997 are no longer allowed to be driven in Paris during the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. This restriction is not the first one in Europe where lots of cities set up a LEZ.

What is a LEZ?

The principle of a Low Emission Zone is based on the ban on access to a city or a part of the city for vehicles which motors do not meet requirement of emission or equipment (Euro norms and/or presence of a particle filter)

Sweden was the first European country to experiment this scheme in 1996. In 2016, there is now more than 200 LEZ through Europe, mainly in Germany and Italy which possess together 85% of the identified LEZ in Europe.

The goal is to reduce atmospheric pollution in order to respect European legislation’s threshold values, mainly those relative to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particles PM10.

Which vehicles are concerned?

The concerned vehicles are not the same in every country. In most of the countries, the legislation is applied mainly on lorries and coaches. In Germany, light-duty vehicles are concerned (private individuals and companies) and in Italy, even two-wheeled vehicles are included.

The website http://urbanaccessregulations.eu/userhome/map lists for every country the various set up regulations.

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