Old diesel cars are no longer allowed in Amsterdam
Old diesel cars are no longer allowed in Amsterdam since Sunday. There is a new environmental zone in the area within the A10 ring road. The ban applies to passenger cars and delivery vans made before 2006. On the ring road itself, the old diesel cars are still allowed to drive.
For the time being, there will be no fines, only a warning. As a result of the corona crisis, the municipality is giving motorists a little longer time to get used to the new rules. From 1 March 2021 onward, offenders can expect a fine.
Some zones remain accessible
To put it another way: from November 1, only diesel cars with emission class 4 and higher are allowed to drive within the environmental zone. There are three exceptions within the A10 ring road where the environmental zone will not apply: the western part of the port area on the bans of the IJ in Amsterdam North, the access to the P+R RAI, and the Coen and Vlot port and the opposite quay in Mercurius port.
For the Dutch, there is a scrapping premium of 500 euros if you have your old diesel car turned in. If you have a city pass with a green dot – for Amsterdam residents with a tight budget – you can get an extra contribution for replacement transport. The maximum subsidy for the purchase of replacement transport is 1 250 euros.
Rotterdam is an exception
Amsterdam is not the first Dutch city with an environmental zone. In Utrecht, a ban on diesel cars and vans dating from before 2001 has been in place since 2015. In the center of Arnhem, diesel cars from before 2005 have been banned since 2005, and in The Hague, diesel cars from before 2006 will no longer be allowed from the middle of next year.
In Rotterdam, on the contrary, the environmental zone has been abolished since this year, because its environmental impact has been disappointing. In other words, you can always take your hip Volkswagen van or another old camper into the city center. However, you do have to buy an exemption for 25,90 euros. This is only valid for one day.