Implementation LEZ Brussels

Supporting measures for the introduction of low-emission zones in Brussels

Following the example of Berlin and Paris, among others, Brussels will shortly implement a low-emission zone in order to improve urban air quality as well. As from January 2018 polluting vehicles will be banned from the entire Brussels-Capital Region. At first, only very old diesel vehicles will be concerned, but the rules will become more stringent over the years.

The phased introduction of the low-emission zone must give affected individuals and businesses the opportunity to timely replace their old vehicles or adapt their mobility behavior. Yet to effectively mitigate potential adverse effects in terms of increased mobility deprivation, more supporting measures will clearly be needed. The project team supports the Brussels-Capital Region by developing a coherent strategy in this respect.

Through literature research and an own survey, we will analyse the socio-economic profiles of the owners of the targeted vehicles as well as their mobility behavior. We will also gauge their willingness to use alternative means of transport and the extent to which certain incentives would enhance that willingness. Through a benchmark study, we will moreover try to learn from the recent experiences with low-emission zones in Antwerp, Paris and Rotterdam. Thus we will have a wide range of possible supporting measures, which we will rank for desirability after a cost-benefit analysis.     


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2016 - 2017

funded by

Leefmilieu Brussel (previously BIM)


Bruno Van Zeebroeck, Sebastian Vanderlinden


Bruno Van Zeebroeck

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