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.
A low emission zone is an area in a city where certain road vehicles are not allowed due to the level of pollution they emit. For example, diesel cars and lorry trucks. There are 15 low emission zones in the Netherlands. There are also low emission zones for mopeds and motorbikes in Den Haag (The Hague) and Amsterdam.
On the milieuzones.nl website you can find out whether your vehicle is allowed in a low emission zone (in Dutch).
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Exemption low emission zone
Do you want to enter the low emission zone in Leiden with a restricted lorry? You can apply for an exemption.
The city center and the eastern part of the Morsweg are the low emission zones in Leiden.
You can enter the low emission zone with:
- a diesel fueled lorry with an emission standard (EURO) 6 or higher. You can check this on the website of the Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer (www.rdw.nl).
- a gas fueled lorry
- a zero-emission vehicle
- a daily exemption
Leiden has a low emission zone for lorries only (heavy goods vehicles in category N2 and N3 that weigh more than 3.500 kg). Vans and cars can enter the low emission zone without restrictions.
Applying for an exemption for the low emission zone costs money.
The municipality wil decide within 8 weeks. You will receive your exemption via email.