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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.

Exemption low emission zone

Do you want to enter the environmental zone of Leiden with your truck and do you not meet the requirements? Apply for an exemption.

The Leiden environmental zone is the area within the canals and the eastern part of the Morsweg.

View on the national website where the environmental zone runs exactly.

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 ( 
  • 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.

The request for a daily exemption costs € 10. The application for an annual exemption costs € 25. The application for a temporary exemption costs € 30.

The municipality wil decide within 8 weeks. You will receive your exemption via email.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Leiden

Last updated on 26 September 2022