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Apply for an exemption to access to a low emission zone

Are you unable to drive your diesel vehicle in a milieuzone (low emission zone) in the Netherlands because it doesn’t meet the emissions standards? You may be able to apply for an exemption from the municipality. To do so, your vehicle must meet certain conditions. 

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Applying for an exemption from the low-emission zone

Amsterdam has a low emission zone (LEZ) for diesel vehicles only. Petrol fuelled vehicles can enter the environmental zone without restrictions.

No entry for the following diesel vehicles:

  • Cars: diesel cars with an emissions standard Euro 0, 1, 2 or 3 engine.
  • Lorries: heavy goods vehicles in category N2 and N3 that weigh more than 3,500 kg with emissions standard Euro 0, 1, 2 or 3, 4 and 5 diesel engines.
  • Vans with an emissions standard Euro 0, 1, 2 or 3 diesel engine.
  • Coaches with emissions standard Euro 0,1,2,3, 4 and 5 diesel engine.
  • Mopeds and motorised bikes (brom- en snorfietsen) from 2010 or earlier that run on fossil fuels.
  • Taxis with a diesel engine and a DET (date of first registration) before 1 January 2009.


Go to the map to find out where the low-emission zone applies. 


In some cases you can apply for an exemption so that you can access the low-emission zone.

The municipality has different types of exemption:

  • day exemption;
  • exemption for medical reasons;
  • exemption due to financial situation;
  • exemption due to delivery time of another car;
  • exemption for camper vans and motorhomes;
  • exemption in special situations.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Amsterdam