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Low emission zones in Denmark
Where are the zones?

Where are the low emission zones?

The low emission zones in Denmark have been introduced in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. You can see the low emission zones on the map below by zooming in on the map. You can also search for a specific address if you want to see, if the address is located in a low emission zone.

Transit routes

It is possible to use the so-called transit routes in the low emission zones if the vehicle does not meet the low emission zone requirements:

In Copenhagen it is possible to drive a transit route to and from Nordhavnen, including to the terminal for the Oslo ferry. The route goes from Copenhagen’s municipal border via Lyngbyvej to Nordhavnsvej where it hits Kalkbrænderihavnsgade.

In Aalborg, Vesterbro and Strandvejen from west of the city to the Limfjord Bridge are transit routes. The transit route has been designated to ensure the possibility of passing through the Limfjord Bridge in case the Limfjord Tunnel is blocked. Special transports that are not allowed to drive through the Limfjord Tunnel can also use the transit route.

It is possible to see the transit routes by zooming in on the map above.

No highways are located in the low emissions zones, notice that some exits may border a low emission zone.

As of 1st March 2025 the low emission zone in Copenhagen will be expanded

The low emission zone in Copenhagen will be expanded to the municipal border towards Tårnby. Otto Brahes Allé will not be included, so residents of Tårnby Municipality can get to Naturskolen on Granatvej without entering the low emission zone.

The Øresund Motorway is not included in the expanded low emission zone.

The expansion has been decided by the Copenhagen City Council and will take effect on 1st March 2025.

See a map of the expansion:

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Regulations and automatic control

Diesel-powered lorries, buses and vans must have a particulate filter fitted to enter the low emission zones. This applies to both Danish and non-Danish vehicles.

The control in the low emission zones are automatically enforced by cameras that register the license plates.

If your vehicle does not meet the low emission zone requirements you can retrofit a particulate filter onto your vehicle.

Drivers of non-Danish vehicles are required to register their vehicle, along with the appropriate documentation for either the euronorm standard or showing that a particulate filter has been fitted in cases where the vehicle does not meet the date requirements.

Registration

Owners (users) of non-Danish vehicles, that are first registered before the current date limits, are required to register before entering a low emission zone with a vehicle, which meets the Euro standard or has a particulate filter. See the current date limists for vans and lorries and buses.

Passenger cars

As of 1st October 2023, diesel-powered passenger cars must have a particulate filter for legal use in the low emission zones.

Rules for passenger cars

Vans

Older diesel-powered vans must have a particulate filter for legal use in the low emission zones. This applies to vans, which are used for both private and commercial purposes.

Rules for vans

Lorries & buses

Older diesel-powered lorries and buses must have a particulate filter for legal use in the low emission zones.

Rules for lorries and buses

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