You can find out about low-emission zones in the Netherlands and how they affect foreign vehicles here.
There are low-emission zones in some Dutch city centres. Municipalities create these zones to improve air quality in their cities. The rules for low-emission zones also apply to foreign vehicles.
Thirteen Dutch municipalities have low-emission zones. The low-emission zone rules usually only apply to trucks and coaches, and sometimes also to diesel-powered passenger cars and vans. Road signs show which vehicles are affected by the low-emission zone.
New rules from 1 January 2020
The rules for low-emission zones are changing. From 1 January 2020 there will be yellow and green low-emission zones for diesel passenger cars and vans. Only the green zones will apply to diesel-powered trucks and coaches.
Your diesel vehicle’s emissions standard determines whether you are allowed to drive in a yellow or green low-emission zone. The emissions standard is a rating that indicates how low your diesel vehicle’s emissions are. The higher the rating, the lower the emissions.
Vehicles with an emissions standard of 3 or higher are allowed in the yellow zone. Vehicles with an emissions standard of 4 or higher are allowed in the green zone. The emissions standard corresponds to your vehicle’s Euro emissions standard. If you don’t know your vehicle’s Euro emissions standard, you can find it in the tables based on the date when the vehicle was first registered.
Vehicles using a fuel other than diesel are allowed in all low-emission zones.
If you are going to be driving in a municipality that has a low-emission zone, there is no need to register in advance. You are only required to register in advance if you will be entering the Maasvlakte industrial area. See the website.
From 1 January to 29 October 2020 you may also encounter low-emission zones which are still subject to the old rules in addition to the green and yellow zones. If you drive in a low-emission zone that your vehicle is not allowed to enter, you may have to pay a fine.
So check the municipality’s website before you set off to find out what sort of low-emission zone is in operation in the municipality and which vehicles are subject to this zone. The Milieuzones in Nederland (Low-Emission Zones in the Netherlands) web page includes a map showing all the Dutch municipalities with low-emission zones. However, this page is only available in Dutch.
To find out more
Visit the Urban Access Regulations in Europe website https://urbanaccessregulations.eu/