Coyote alerts when entering Antwerp low emission zone
Users of the Coyote traffic warning and GPS systems are getting an alert when entering the Antwerp low emission zone (LEZ) and are urged to register their car or buy a day pass when needed.
Coyote Systems Benelux uses the open data from the Antwerp ‘Open Geoportal’ to offer the extra service from now on. It can be of particular interest for all foreign cars (except the Dutch) who have to be registered before entering.
Urged to check first
The LEZ warning comes on all Coyote Systems and the iCoyote smartphone application in the driver’s own language when he enters the Antwerp zone. He gets the advice to check on the city’s website www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/LEZ whether his vehicle is allowed or needs registration or a paid authorization to enter.
Until 2020, older diesel cars with Euro2 standard and petrol, gas or LPD cars without Euro standards are banned from the Antwerp LEZ. They only can enter eight times a year by buying a day pass. For Euro3 diesel cars without particulate filter a paid authorization is possible in some instances, those with a sooth filter only have to register.
All foreign cars have to register
Registering is also obligatory for all new and older vehicles with a non-Belgian numberplate, except for the Dutch. Cars from The Netherlands are automatically registered by means of the ANPR cameras, as Antwerp has access to the Dutch RDW registration database. For all other countries, it has no data, so drivers have to register themselves, at least 24 hours after entering the LEZ to avoid to be fined.
Non-compliant vehicles can enter the city occasionally by buying a day pass (20 euro). This can be done after entering the LEZ at the city’s parking ticket vending machines. In 2020, rules get stricter forbidding all Euro3 diesel cars and only allowing Euro4 after registration. For petrol cars, Euro1 will be banned.
Only in Antwerp
Because only Antwerp gives developers access to its open database, Coyote will not alert when entering the Brussels’ low emission zone or the one in Ghent that is to be introduced on January 1st of 2020. Cars being registered in Antwerp already, won’t have to do that again in future LEZs in Flanders, as data will be shared. The latter doesn’t apply for Brussels, being a different autonomous region.