226.000 more diesel cars denied access to Brussels
On January 1st, 2020, Brussels’ Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) will strengthen its rules once again and start banning Euro 3 diesel cars from driving in the Region. According to Febiac numbers, 226.291 cars are concerned, 16.129 of which are registered in the Brussels Region.
With the beginning of the new year, a new set of rules becomes active for the Brussels Low-Emission Zone (LEZ). As announced at the introduction of the zone, diesel cars will be banned gradually depending on their European emission standards. In 2018, Euro 1 diesel cars and older weren’t allowed to drive inside the perimeter. This year, Euro 2 diesel cars were banned. For 2020, it’s the turn of the Euro 3 diesel cars.
350 euros fine per day
According to figures provided by the Belgian car federation, Febiac, there are still 226.291 Euro 3 diesel cars registered in Belgium. 73.833 of them are registered in Wallonia, and 16.129 are still driving around in Brussels.
From January 1st, these cars won’t be authorized to drive in the Brussels’ LEZ perimeter anymore. Brussels has put up a series of dynamic signs to warn motorists. If the rule isn’t respected, drivers will be fined 350 euro per day.
“The Low-Emission Zone has had a positive effect on the number of very polluting cars driving on our roads, and thus on the quality of the air that Brussels citizens breathe in every day,” notes the spokesperson to the Brussels’ Environmental Minister, Alain Maron (Ecolo).
For 2019, the average number of LEZ offenses has settled at 693 a day. In early October, that number dropped to 260 per day. On the whole year, 5.981 warnings were issued during the first three months, and Brussels sent 7.592 fines between January and September.
The next LEZ phase will start in 2022. It will act on around 750.000 Euro 4 diesel cars still registered in Belgium. 439.869 of them are registered in Flanders, 249.496 in Wallonia, and 58.122 in Brussels.