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Rules for lorries and buses

Older diesel-powered lorries and buses weighing over 3,500 kgs are not allowed in the low emission zones unless they are fitted with a particulate filter or are at least Euro VI.

Non-Danish vehicles

Owners of non-Danish diesel-powered vehicles, which are registered the first time before the current date limits, must register the vehicle with documentation for the vehicle being fitted with a diesel particulate filter or the Euro standard in order for it to be used legally in the low emission zones.

You must register your vehicle no later than on the same day that you enter the low emission zone.

If you fail to register your lorry or bus with particulate filter, along with the required documentation mentioned below, you will be charged a fixed-penalty notice of 12.500 DKK.

It is possible to get the fixed-penalty reduced to 1.000 DKK if you subsequently forward documentation that the vehicle applies with the low emission zone rules.

Lorries and buses that do not meet the date requirements and do not have a particulate filter or meet the Euro standard requirements do not have access to the low emission zones, and can be charged a penalty of DKK 12,500.

Rules as of 1st July 2020

Older diesel-powered lorries and buses are not allowed in the low emission zones unless they are fitted with a particulate filter. The new low emission zone rules for lorries and buses came into force on 1st July 2020.

Older diesel-powered vehicles (lorries and buses) weighing over 3,5 kgs must be fitted with a particulate filter to be used legally in the low emission zones. A bus is classified as a vehicle designed to be used by more than nine people including the driver. A diesel-powered motorhome weighing over 3,5 kgs with more than nine seats including the driver's seat is defined as a bus, and the same rules apply.

Rules for driving lorries and buses in the low emission zones

  • Buses and lorries must be registered on 1st January 2015 or later, or have a diesel particulate filter fitted to access the low emission zones.
  • For heavy vehicles that comply with at least Euro VI, the particulate filter requirement is considered to be met and these vehicles are allowed in the low emission zones.
  • Non-Danish vehicles that do not meet the above date requirements must always be registered online. Read more about registering non-Danish vehicles here.

Are you in doubt about whether your vehicle complies with the rules?

How your lorry or bus can comply with the rules

If your vehicle does not comply with the low emission zone rules, the vehicle must have a particulate filter retrofitted in order to be used legally in the Danish low emission zones.

Danish lorries and buses

The detailed rules for retrofitting particulate filters for lorries and buses are laid down in:

Statutory Order no. 1066 of 03/08/2023 on requirements for diesel-powered lorries, buses, vans and passenger cars in municipally determined low emission zones, etc. Pursuant to section 5, the installation of an efficient particulate filter must be documented by a declaration signed by the filter supplier, cf. appendix 1.

Applies solely to Danish lorries and buses: Before the declaration from the filter supplier is presented at the inspection centre, the declaration must be submitted to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency at miljozoner@mst.dk.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency then assigns an identification number, which the owner or user must affix to the declaration.

The rules for lorries and buses do not apply to:

  • Vehicles registered in Denmark as vintage. This must be stated in the Danish Vehicle Register (DMR).

  • Vehicles registered abroad, which are more than 30 years old.

  • Vehicles used by the military, police, emergency services or similar emergency services, if these vehicles do not usually drive in a low emission zone and there is an extraordinary need to use the vehicle in a low emission zone, or the vehicle is used for training activities.

In case of illegal driving in the Danish low emission zones, the fixed-penalty is DKK 12,500 for lorries and buses

If your lorry or bus cannot get a particulate filter

If your lorry or bus cannot get a particulate filter retrofitted, you can in special cases apply for a dispensation.

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