650 fines issued to polluting vehicles in Brussels, but only 40% paid
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    650 fines issued to polluting vehicles in Brussels, but only 40% paid

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    Flickr/ flavouz

    Since January 2018, 650 fines for infringements in the Brussels low emission zone (LEZ) have been issued, according to reports. However, only 40% of those have been paid, according to figures from Bruzz.

    The fines – at 350 euros per infringement – were issued after a transition period of nine months which finished in January 2018. Since then, diesel cars with Euro 0 or Euro 1 can no longer enter the Brussels Region.

    Figures show that since the introduction of the LEZ 650 fines were issued, 517 in 2018 and 133 in 2019. Of these, around two hundred have been paid.

    The number of fines issued is likely to rise in the coming weeks due to further updates to the list of non-compliant vehicles. Since 1 January, Euro 2 diesel vehicles and Euro 0 and Euro 1 gasoline vehicles have also been banned in the LEZ.

    The European emission standard, or EURO standard, classifies vehicles on a scale of 1 to 6 depending on how the engine meets environmental standards. Class 1 vehicles are the most polluting and Class 6 the least polluting. The EURO standard for every vehicle is indicated on the registration documents.

    The card also contains information regarding the vehicle category, the fuel type and the vehicle’s first registration date.

    The conditions of the Brussels LEZ has already extended to cars with diesel standard Euro 2 and cars that run on gasoline Euro 0 and 1. The transition period without fines ends on 1 April.

    Vehicles non-compliant to the LEZ access criteria may enter the Brussels-Capital Region with a paid-for day pass which costs 35 € per day. The pass authorizes a maximum of eight days’ access to the region, after which the vehicle must meet the access rules.

    The Brussels Times