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Rules for vans

Older diesel-powered vans, weighing up to 3,500 kgs, are not allowed in the low emission zones unless they are fitted with a particulate filter or are at least Euro 5.

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 van with particulate filter, along with the required documentation mentioned below, you will be charged a fixed-penalty notice of 1.500 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.

Vans 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 1,500.

The rules apply to all diesel-powered vans regardless of the colour of the license plate.

The low emission zone rules for vans came into force on 1st July 2020.

As of 1st July 2023, vans must be registered on 1st September 2016 or later to be able to legally access the low emission zones.

For vans which are at least Euro 5, the particulate filter requirement is considered to be met and these vehicles are allowed to use in the low emission zones.
Vans registered before the above cut-off dates must have a particulate filter fitted which must be registered in the Danish Vehicle Register (DMR) to legally access the low emission zones.

Non-Danish vehicles that do not meet the date requirements must always be registered online.

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

The rules in the low emission zones do not apply to:

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

  • Non-Danish vehicles, 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 1,500 for vans

Can your van get a particulate filter?

See here whether your vehicle can get an approved, open particulate filter.

Retrofitting a particulate filters in Danish vans

You must contact a workshop if you want to retrofit a diesel particulate filter to your van. Once the filter is fitted, it must be registered by an inspection centre. At the inspection centre, the filter is tested, and the inspection centre also ensures that the filter is registered in the Danish Vehicle Register (DMR).

There are no requirements for the type of particulate filter that must be fitted to a vehicle in order for it to meet the low emission zone requirements. Vans may get both open and closed particulate filters retrofitted.

Please, note that not all particulate filters are approved for all car models, which is why some vans may need to be retrofitted with a more expensive, closed particulate filter if they are to be used in the low emission zones.

Open particulate filters are cheaper than closed filters, but they do not filtrate equally efficient. If approved for your vehicle, open particulate filters can usually be ordered and installed by a mechanic, while closed particulate filters must be ordered from specialist particulate filter fitters and can be installed on the vast majority of vehicles.

The detailed rules for retrofitting particulate filters for vans are laid down in:

If your van cannot get a particulate filter

If your van cannot get a particulate filter retrofitted, you can in special cases register an exemption or apply for a dispensation.

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