European Low Emission Zones on multi-lingual website
The “Low Emission & Environment Zones in Europe Network” (LEEZEN) helps LEZ cities to spread the information on LEZs throughout Europe and allow cities to share information and benefit from each others experiences.
The website provides details of low emission zones across Europe, and for each city an overview of the restrictions in place. This ‘one-stop’ source for vehicle operators helps them to find out where they are able to drive, as well as what vehicle or retrofit they should buy to access to the cities they need.
The regularly updated public Website provides:
- Any authority with an LEZ can provide clear information on their LEZs in 32 different languages, simply by providing a link to their page on our website.
- Single user-friendly source of information on LEZs in Europe for vehicle operators
- All details of LEZs in Europe that the public needs in one place
- Easy to navigate maps and menus, clear information
- Translation into 32 European languages with a press of a button
- The key tool requested by vehicle stakeholders to find out about LEZs
- Publicly funded with no commercial bias
- Well known, used and linked to
- Help LEZ authorities comply with the EU legal requirement to spread information about any LEZs around Europe (if they affect foreign vehicles)
There are plans to extend the current website to include all access restriction schemes, dependent on continuation of funding.
LEEZEN offers a wealth of services to support LEZ authorities. Membership is not required to include your LEZ information online, but is essential for the operation of the public website and Network, together with EU part-funding. Members of the network are “LEZ authorities” (public authorities that run LEZ schemes), and membership costs 1100 EURO per year.
Members services include:
- Supporting LEZ authorities in their preparation and operation of LEZs,
- The sharing of information and experience on LEZs in Europe, this includes,
- Best practice
- Collating of monitoring information from LEZs
- Legal aspects and challenges
- Allow for joint working if and when useful
- Secretariat to answer questions about aspects of LEZs in Europe
- Contacts and bulletin board for discussions between
- Adding details to the LEZ profile page for member authorities.
The topic of low emission zones was discussed at a recent IRU workshop. A topic much under discussion was that of harmonisation of LEZs across the EU. A representative from the European Commission suggested that harmonisation is backed by the EC, but remains vague on the details of the level of harmonisation.
Presentations from the IRU workshop: here