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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 environmental zone

Downtown 's-Hertogenbosch has an environmental zone. From 2025, about 30 major cities in the Netherlands will introduce zero-emission zones for city logistics. The municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch strives for a livable municipality in which all transportation is smart, clean and safe. Clean and smart provisioning of our inner city is an important theme in this regard.

This environmental zone applies to trucks (vehicle category N2 and N3) that run on diesel and are heavier than 3,500 kg. In the environmental zone, these trucks must comply with emission class 6. This means that trucks that do not meet emission class 6 will not have access to the area. View the current environmental zone (map on Arcgis website). 

If your truck does not meet the environmental rules, you can apply for an exemption for the environmental zone within the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch.  

If your truck has a national exemption, you do not need to apply for a special exemption for the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch. Check whether your vehicle has a national exemption on the Environmental Zones website.  

From 2025, about 30 major cities in the Netherlands will introduce zero-emission zones for city logistics. The government has agreed this with organizations and companies in the Climate Agreement. Within these zones, only vans and trucks are allowed to drive zero-emission vehicles. This is good for the climate and our health, but also has a considerable impact on businesses and entrepreneurs.

Types of exemptions

  • A day exemption is valid until 6 a.m. the next day. If you apply for a day exemption, it is only valid from the time of payment. You can apply for a maximum of 12 exemptions per year and per licence plate.  
  • Longer delivery time exemption. Have you ordered a truck with emission class 6, but it has not yet been delivered? If you can prove this, you can apply for a temporary exemption for your current truck. The waiver is valid until the new truck is delivered.  
  • Hardship clause. If you can prove that the environmental zone will cause you financial problems, you can invoke the hardship clause. The municipality may decide to grant a temporary exemption if you meet certain conditions.

Further information

For more information on conditions, costs and how to apply for an exemption, contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch by phone or WhatsApp +31 73 615 51 55 or send an e-mail via the digital contact form.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

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Last updated on 26 September 2022