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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.

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:

You can apply for the exemption online. Go to 1 of these pages on our local website:

Use the translate button in the right upper corner to translate the text to your preferred language.

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, visit our website:

You will find out whether you will be granted a day exemption directly. The other exemptions take a maximum of 8 weeks.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Rotterdam

Last updated on 26 September 2022