Low emission zones in Europe

To improve the quality of the air, certain cities in Europe have low emission zones. This means that whether or not you are allowed to access these zones depends on the emission level of your vehicle.

These rules also apply to foreign travellers! 

France has implemented environmental zones (Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Lille and Strasburg) called ‘Zones à Circulation Restreinte’ (ZRC). You may only access these areas with an Air Quality Certificate, also called Crit’Air, certificat qualité de l’air ou encore éco-vignette

Belgium has two Low Emission Zones (LEZ): Antwerp and Brussels (starting from 1 January 2018)

The clickable map of ECC France gives an overview of the Low Emission Zones in Europe.

Good to know: a website, translated into 34 languages, contains everything you need to know about low emission zones, urban road tolls and urban access restrictions.