Vehicle registration exemptions Maasvlakte
Gepubliceerd op: 16-01-2017
Geprint op: 22-09-2022
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All trucks entering the entire Maasvlakte area (1 and 2), must be registered with the City of Rotterdam. Trucks that do not meet the access requirements, may be eligible for exemptions.

Trucks with Dutch license plates are registered automatically through the national vehicle database. Foreign vehicles must be registered once with the City of Rotterdam.

Other vehicle registrations at non-official websites are not accepted.

Digital request

  • foreign companies or nationals need to register with the City of Rotterdam first
  • after registration you can create your own Rotterdam account by signing in at this page
  • after logging on to your Rotterdam account, you can registrate your trucks and request for exemptions

Note: vehicles with foreign license plates must be registered once. You need your Rotterdam account to registrate your truck. After that, you may apply for day exemptions or make an appeal for the hardship clause.

Costs for the year 2022

Requesting a day exemption

€ 22,70

Appeals for the hardship clause (exceptions with longer exemptions)

€ 181,80 each 

The amount of fine

€ 250 (plus € 9 administration costs)

These charges are required to cover expenses concerning your applications. The charges are non-refundable.

You will need the following data:

Creating an account
For a foreign account, you will need:

  • digital scans of registration with your chamber of commerce or your personal ID (passport or European ID card)
  • a working e-mail address and mobile phone for verification by e-mail and SMS

Dutch companies use E-Herkenning to log on, civilians use DigiD. For E-Herkenning and DigID, other requirements may apply. Please refer to the website E-herkenning or the website Digid for more details.

Vehicle registration
For vehicle registration with foreign plates, you will need digital scans of vehicle registration documents ready for upload (JPG, PDF, PNG).

Day exemption
Once a vehicle has been registered, you do not need special documents. Payment can be done by credit card or iDEAL.

Hardship clause
In certain cases, you may address the hardship clause for prolonged exemptions. There may be several reasons for such an appeal.

The city of Rotterdam will always need information on the vehicles in your fleet, types and Euro-classification. Most importantly, you will always need to submit documents supporting your claim.

Payment can be done by creditcard or iDEAL.

Dutch license plates: owners requiring exemptions for their vehicles.
Dutch companies use E-Herkenning to log on, civilians use DigID.

Foreign license plates: owners needing registered vehicles and/or exemptions. Foreign companies or nationals need to register with the City of Rotterdam first.

Exemptions are not necessary for trucks that either

  • have been fitted with a Euro VI engine or
  • are no older than 7 years and have been first admitted before 1 January 2013.
  • accounts are usually ready within minutes. Vehicle registrations receive temporary approval, allowing you to request exemptions. Day exemptions are usually ready within minutes after payment.
  • any appeals concerning the hardship clause are handled individually and must be completed within 8 weeks.
  • the city of Rotterdam will inform you with every new step in a procedure. Be sure to enter the correct e-mail address. Updates are also shown in your account.

If questions remain unanswered, contact the city of Rotterdam via e-mail (in Dutch and English).