Brussels to ban L1 and L2-classed scooters in 2028 to pave for EVs

Brussels to ban L1 and L2-classed scooters in 2028 to pave for EVs

Following the footsteps of many other European cities on the path to achieve zero emissions, Belgium’s capital city Brussels has announced plans to put a ban on fossil fuel-powered scooters in 2028.

Brussels Environment, a governmental agency in Belgium, recently tabled its new roadmap for its Low Emissions Zone, declaring that that L1 and L2-classed conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) mopeds and scooters will be banned in the capital city in 2028.

Back in 2019, Brussels Environment had commissioned a study to help it determine where it should issue a complete ban on conventional fossil fuel powered two-wheelers like motorcycles within the capital region. Thus, many were expecting the capital city authorities to announce something like that sooner than later.

Prior to the tabling of the roadmap for the Low Emissions Zone, the Belgian capital city was lagging far behind many other European cities that have either already implemented various Low Emissions Zone strategies or scheduled to implement in the near future.

Several government agencies have already started adding electric vehicles (EVs) to their respective fleets of vehicles. For instance, the Brussels Police recently took delivery of a new fleet of NIU electric scooters for conducting patrol duties without pumping carbon into the air.

Brussels’ plans to allow only electric two-wheelers to run on its public roads after 2028 marks the earliest outright ban of any ICE vehicle in the region.

The capital city’s new roadmap for the Low Emissions Zone also provides timelines for other ICE vehicles, with clear distinctions drawn between diesel, gasoline and hybrid vehicles. It is interesting to note here that diesel-powered two-wheelers have already been fully banned in the capital city.

In a bid to accelerate the shift from ICEs to EVs, Belgian authorities are planning to install 22,000 public charging stations by 2035. Almost all passenger vehicles, with the sole exception of commercial buses and other heavy-duty means of transportation will be shifted to electric versions by that deadline.

However, no ban will be imposed on any two-wheelers that will meet L3 through L7 license requirements. Under current guidance, such two-wheelers will continue to run on public roads in the city capital city until 2035. However, it is just guidance. Thus, plans could be changed in the coming years if the capital city decides to accelerate its shift from ICEs to EVs.