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
Municipality of Rotterdam: Apply for an exemption to access to a low emission zone
The municipality has a low-emission zone for lorries. Lorries may enter the low-emission zone only if they are of emission class 6 or higher. This also applies to vehicles with foreign number plates.
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 due to financial situation;
- exemption for companytimer;
- exemption for an event;
- exemption in special situations.
Do you want to know what conditions you have to fulfil to apply for the exemption? Contact the municipality via: email@example.com.
You can apply for the exemption online.
The day exemption costs € 22.70. The other exemptions cost € 181.80. You pay the application fee whether granted the exemption or not.
You will find out whether you will be granted a day exemption directly. The other exemptions take a maximum of 8 weeks.