If pollution increases in Brussels, a zone where polluting vehicles are banned will be set up, said the Brussels minister for Mobility Pascal Smet (sp.a, Antwerp socialist party) in l’Echo on Tuesday. “A regional low emission zone will be set up if pollution increases between now and 2015”, says the cabinet of the regional Environment minister Celine Fremault (cdH, Christian democrats), we learned from Le Soir. We do not yet have any concrete details about this measure. On Sunday, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of the French capital Paris,expressed her desire to ban diesel vehicles between now and 2020. Nothing like that is planned for Brussels.
Even though the region is talking about a no-car zone if pollution increases, Brussels is mainly investing in public transport, the metro in particular.
The Antwerp county council announced it wanted to ban the most polluting vehicles from the town in 2016 a few weeks ago, to try and improve air quality.