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Apply for an exemption to access to a low emission zone

A milieuzone (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. Are you unable to drive your vehicle in a low emission zone in the Netherlands because it doesn’t meet the emissions standards? You may be eligible for an exemption from the municipality.

There are 15 low emission zones in the Netherlands. For example, diesel cars and lorry trucks. There are also low emission zones for mopeds and motorbikes in Den Haag (The Hague) and Amsterdam.

On the website you can find out whether your vehicle is allowed in a low emission zone (in Dutch). 

You can find out whether your vehicle is eligible for an exemption on the website (in Dutch). Does your vehicle meet the conditions? Then apply for the exemption from the municipality. 

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

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.

Do you want to know what conditions you have to fulfil to apply for the exemption? Please use the online application form.

You can apply for the exemption online.

The exemption costs €56.40 per day.

You will get to know immediately whether you will get the exemption.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Amsterdam

Last updated on 26 September 2022