Cars are being banned from entering the low emission zone within the Ghent city ring road based on their euro norm which is given on the vehicle’s registration certificate. Petrol- and natural gas fuelled cars at least need to possess euro norm 2, while for diesel cars at least euro norm 5 is required.
Cars are being split up into three categories. Three-quarters of cars fall into the green category and are all allowed in. Diesel cars between 9 and 12 years fit into the orange category. They are being let in for now, but owners will have to pay an entrance fee of between 25 euros a week and 345 euros for an entire year.
Vehicles that don’t meet the entrance norms can purchase a day pass for 35 euros on up to 8 occasions. Smart cameras will check cars entering the zone. Owners of vehicles that flout the ban risk a 150 euro fine.
Scrappage grants of up to 1,000 euros are available for owners of vehicles that don’t meet the new norms. People handing in their number plate receive a bonus to spend on public transport or an electric bike. Car sharing too is being encouraged.