CD&V considers phasing out low-emission zones

Flanders’ Christian Democratic party CD&V wants to phase out the low-emission zones. That is what party chairman Sammy Mahdi said during a debate at the Automotive eMotion Summit in the Skyhall, the former departure hall of Brussels Airport.

According to Mahdi, these zones have proven successful in reducing the amount of air pollution. However, diesel cars with Euro 5 emission standards, especially the newest generations with Euro 6(d) standards, hardly cause air pollution anymore.

Newest diesel cars

The party, therefore, considers a phase-out scenario for the LEZs when urban air quality, or the share of cars, has improved. This will be the case with the increasingly lower emissions of new diesel cars and the rise of electric cars that have no adverse effect on air quality. According to CD&V, the urban air quality problem will resolve itself in a few years.

Today, Antwerp and Ghent are the only Flemish cities with a low-emission zone; Brussels also has one in its city center.

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