Vehicle registration exemptions Maasvlakte
Gepubliceerd op: 06-02-2017
Geprint op: 20-02-2020
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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

Log on using your Rotterdam account (foreign companies and nationals).

After logging on, you may request exemptions or make appeals for the hardship clause. Note: vehicles with foreign license plates must be registered once. After that, you may apply for exemptions.

To complete your requests as quickly as possible, please have ready a number of documents for digital upload (scans, PDF). Please refer to the manual for registration and exemptions.

Costs for the year 2020

Requesting a day exemption

€ 26,30

Appeals for the hardship clause (exceptions with longer exemptions)

€ 188,20 each 

The amount of fine

€ 95 (plus € 9 administration costs)

These charges are required to cover expanses 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 email address and mobile phone for verification by email 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.

Long-term exemption
If specific economic circumstances apply, you can request a long-term exemption. You must include the following:

  • contract which shows that the work to the Maasvlakte has been accepted before November 5th 2015
  • an overview of journeys to Maasvlakte
  • an overview of the total number of trucks in your fleet
  • an overview of the total number of trucks in your fleet that meet the access requirements
  • your company's last three financial annual reports. A full financial annual report including balance sheet, profit and loss account and related explanatory notes.

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 eight weeks.
  • the city of Rotterdam will inform you with every new step in a procedure. Be sure to enter the correct email address. Updates are also shown in your account.

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