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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

Trucks and vans

In the municipality of Maastricht, Statensingel is a milieuzone (low-emission zone). Trucks and delivery vans may only enter the low-emission zone if they have emission class 6 or higher. This also applies to vehicles with registration plates issued outside the Netherlands.


In some cases, you can apply online for a day exemption to still have access streets in the the low-emission zone.

The municipality has various exemptions:

  • dagontheffing (day exemption);
  • ontheffing vanwege medische redenen (dispensation due to medical reasons);
  • ontheffing vanwege financiële noodzaak (dispensation due to financial necessity);
  • ontheffing vanwege levertijd andere auto (exemption due to delivery time of another car);
  • ontheffing voor campers en kampeerwagens (dispensation for campers and camper vans); 
  • ontheffing in bijzondere situaties (exemption in special situations).

  • you can apply for an exemption a maximum of 12 times per year per registration number
  • your exemption is valid for a maximum of 30 hours: from 00.00 to 06.00 the day after

You can apply for the exemption online (in Dutch).

2023 rates

The day exemption costs €31.50. You pay the fee even if you do not get the day exemption.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

Visiting address

Mosae Forum 10

6211DW Maastricht

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Last updated on 26 September 2022