Danish low emission zones
The Danish Parliament passed in 2006 an act allowing the four largest cities in Denmark to introduce low emission zones.
Heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles were responsible for approximately half of the harmful particle pollution in the largest cities in Denmark. In order to address this problem, the Danish Parliament passed in 2006 an act allowing the four largest cities in Denmark to introduce low emission zones.
Low emission zones mean that heavy-duty vehicles either have to meet the stipulated Euro standards or install particle filters. Particle filters must remove a minimum of 80% of particles in the diesel engine exhaust.
Requirements in low emission zones
Low emission zones apply to all heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles. The vehicle must either meet Euro 4 standard (or newer) or be retrofitted with an effective particle filter. The Danish authorities require labels for all heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles (both domestic and foreign) entering a low emission zone in Denmark by 1 November 2011.
Until 31 October 2011, you will need to document that your vehicle meets the Euro 4 standard, as a minimum, when entering a Danish low emission zone with a truck or bus weighing over 3,500 kg. If your vehicle has had a particle filter fitted after purchase you must bring documentation that the filter meet the 80 % efficiency requirements.
Cities with low emission zones
Low emission zones are implemented and in force in Copenhagen (and Frederiksberg), Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. For information about low emission zones in other European countries please visit www.urbanaccessregulations.eu.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Hauliers can here find useful information about particle filters, before undertaking transport of goods or passengers to Danish cities.