The low emission zones in Denmark have been introduced in several large cities, including Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Aalborg, Odense and Aarhus. See the low emission zones in:

Transit routes

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

In Copenhagen it is possible to drive to and from Nordhavnen through a special transit route.  See map of the precise location of transit routes by zooming in.

In Aalborg, Vesterbro and Strandvejen from west of the city to Limfjord Bridge is a transit route. Everyone can drive on these roads. The transit route has been designated to provide the option for traffic to drive via Limfjord Bridge if the Limfjord tunnel is blocked. Special transport, which is not allowed to drive through the Limfjord Tunnel, can also use the transit route.

In Aarhus, traffic to and from the Mols line is exempt from the low emission zone’s requirements. This applies to the route along Nørrebrogade and Nørreport.

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 foreign vehicles.  

From 1 July 2020, the low emission zones are automatically enforced by cameras that can read number plates.  

During the first three months (from 1 July to 31 September), no fines will be imposed on vehicle owners based the automatic number plate recognition. Instead, they will be given a warning. From 1 October 2020, fines will be issued based on digital control. However, the Police can, as today, control whether the low emission requirements are adhered to. 

If your vehicle does not meet the requirements you have the option to retrofit you vehicle with a particulate filter.

Drivers of non-Danish vehicles are required to register their vehicle, along with the appropriate documentation showing that a particulate filter has been fitted should this be required for the vehicle to enter a low emission zone. 


Register your older non-Danish vehicles here.