Antwerp low emission zone: 125 euro fine from today on
From today on, the city of Antwerp will actually fine 125 euro for polluting cars entering the Low Emission Zone (LEZ). Until now, the city only warned the offenders by mail. 20.500 warnings were issued. Meanwhile the Belgian federation of classic cars (BFOV/FBVA) who wants an exception for classic cars between 25 and 40 years old, announced it will take court action against the LEZ based on mistakes in the procedure.
No escape for foreigners
Until today most of the Belgian drivers (95%) respected the LEZ so far and the city expects that percentage to increase. Foreign car drivers are not counted yet, because Flanders has still to sign a protocol on exchanging license plate data with the Netherlands and France. “But all foreign license plates are scanned”, says Nabilla Ait Daoud (N-VA), the alderman for environment. “They’ll get their fine later. We also will increase street checks, so we can collect the fines on the spot.”
On the subject of the oldtimer cars, the BFOV/FBVA wants cars between 25 and 40 years old that are registered as such (O-license plate), to be exempted from the 35 euro a day tax to enter the LEZ. All 40+ years old cars already do. “Classic cars drive an average of 500 to 1500 km a year and the actual air pollution is negligible”, says Peeter Henning, chairman of the federation. But Antwerp alderman Ait Daoud and the Flemish minister for the environment Joke Schauvliege (CD&V) see no reason to make an exception. “These old vehicles are very polluting. There is no discussion about this. There is no obvious reason for admitting them.”