Environmental zones in The Hague

The traffic in the city is a major culprit behind the air pollution. The Hague therefore has environmental zones with restrictions on the most polluting vehicles.

Here you will find more information about the environmental zones in the city:

Air quality

By setting up environmental zones, the municipality is aiming to improve the air quality in the city. This is important for your health and for the health of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children and people who suffer from respiratory conditions.

Consequences of dirty air

Air pollution takes an estimated 13 months off the average life expectancy for a person living in the Netherlands. It also aggravates cardiovascular disorders and lung diseases.

The Hague in 2030

This is the reason why The Hague is aiming to comply with the World Health Organisation’s thresholds on emissions of fine particulate matter by 2030. The Hague is already meeting the WHO’s guidelines on nitrogen dioxide. The municipality nevertheless would like to cut emissions even further.

Timetable for new environmental zones

New environmental zones will be added over the coming years:

  • 2020: ban on two-stroke mopeds and motorised bikes
  • 2021: environmental zone for diesel cars (including taxis)
  • 2021: expansion of environmental zone for cargo transport
  • 2022: tightening of environmental zone for cargo transport
  • 2022: environmental zone for cargo transport will also apply to coaches
  • 2025: city buses will be emissions free
  • 2025: deliveries to downtown The Hague will be emissions free
  • 2030: The Hague will meet WHO guidelines on fine particulate matter

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    Published: 21 October 2019Modified: 24 July 2020