What is a LEZ?

A Low Emission Zone is an urban area from which the most polluting vehicles are banned (restricted from entering an urban area or deterred by means of a toll).

Vehicle emmisions are classified according to European standards. Before travelling to a Low Emission Zone, drivers can check if thir vehicle is authorised.

Usually old vehicles or heavy goods vehicles are not authorised to circulate in these areas. LAPI cameras placed on the edge of Low Emission Zones capture all vehicles entering the area. An information system analyses and managaes the data captured in real time.

A reliable an autonomous LEZ operates 24/7 with minimum intervention and maintenance.

Is your city ready for action?

Today many cities open to innovation are keen to promote the well-being of their citizens by reducung air pollution generated from traffic. By restricting road traffic, these cities can responsiby improve overall quality of life in built up areas and town centres. There are currently over 200 (exactly 231) low emission zones in the European Union http://fr.urbanaccessregulations.eu)

The importance of the project

Air pollution is accountable for 310 000 deaths in Europe every year! That is, more than deaths from road accidents. Air pollution reduces our life expectancy. Children, old people and sufferers of hear or lung disease are the worst affected. Air pollution triggers health problems such as asthma. It increases hospital admissions and absence days. Diesel exhaust has been classified by the WHO (World Health Organisation) as carcinogenic.

The goal of a LEZ is to reduce the three main pollutant emissions produced from vehicles in Europe: fine particles, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.

An added advantage is that the reduction of heavy traffic in city centres leads to improved well-being and a decrease in noise pollution. It can bring about a better quality of life while improving the urban atmosphere, change peoples' habits (walking, cycling...) and encourage the use of hybrid and electric vehicles. Finally, limited access to Low Emission Zones stimulates frequent inner city road users (delivery services, taxis...) to replace their vehicles. As a consequence, a Low Emission Zone will indirectly improve the air quality outside the controlled areas.

Mechelen (BE), an exemplary LEZ city! The Mayor testifies:

" Mechelen is practically car free. To keep the city of Mechelen pleasant to live, acessible and secure, we introduced a completely new traffic plan in 2011.
Vehicle access to numerous streets was prohibited during certain periods of the day to reduce the amount of traffic in the city and improve the air quality. The city of Mechelen has achieved an important step in improving its sutainable and smart mobility.
Less than two years after the introduction of the car free zones, we carried out an initial assessment. Several criteria were assessed. Traffic reduction and air quality measurements were made in conjunction with a resident satisfaction survey anlysis following a drop in complaints.
Overall the assessment is positive. A few minor adjustments were made to respond to the main remarks.  Both the procedure and the online application have now been simplified, access for the disabled made easier and an additional car park provided. Some one hundred icar cameras together with M³ are supporting the city's mobility policy. "

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