16 Dec 19

Rotterdam abolishes diesel ban on January 1st, 2020

It's not an April fool's joke: the city of Rotterdam will be allowing pre-2001 diesels back into its heart in two weeks' time. On January 1st 2020, the so-called "milieuzone" (environmental zone) will be abolished - at least for passenger cars. Diesel trucks still have to have a Euro IV certification to enter the city.

On July 1st 2018, Rotterdam already rolled back the ban on older petrol cars. The decision to abolish the ban was taken in 2018 and should be seen in the new legal context that takes effect in 2020. Starting in January, Dutch municipalities can only enforce two types of environmental zones: one that bans diesels older than 15 years, and one that draws the line at 20 years.

Chances are Rotterdam will reintroduce a low-emission zone in the near future, once it has decided which of the two options it will implement.

Photo credit: Holland.com, 2019

Authored by: Dieter Quartier