The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law will oblige municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants to establish areas with traffic restrictions to improve air quality. This measure will affect both drivers residing in large cities and those who want to enter them from outside.
The 149 Spanish municipalities that will be affected by this rule to fight against climate change, which will imply that from 2023 cars with labels B and C (environmental distinctive) will have restricted circulation in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants due to the application of this law, which establishes that the municipalities with the highest population density will have to enable Low Emission Zones (ZBE).
Almost 4 million of the 11.5 million cars that circulate in Spanish cities will see their circulation compromised by not having a label. This will mean the immobilization of 32% of the vehicles for not complying with the DGT requirements to carry an environmental label.
What are the environmental hallmarks of the DGT and how to obtain them?
exist four environmental hallmarks Created based on the environmental impact of the vehicles that will be classified and ranked as the 50% most efficient fleet.
- 0 emission label, Blue: they are the most efficient vehicles and they are battery electric (BEV), extended range electric (REEV), plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) with a range of 40 km or fuel cell vehicles.
- Eco Label: This is where most hybrid, gas, or both vehicles fit. Plug-in electric vehicles with a range of less than 40 km, non-plug-in hybrids (HEV), vehicles powered by natural gas and gas (CNG and LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will be entitled to this label. They must meet the criteria for label C.
- Label C, Green: This is where internal combustion vehicles that comply with the latest EURO emissions come in. Passenger cars and light gasoline vans registered from January 2006 and diesel from September 2015 will be entitled to this label. Vehicles with more than 8 seats and heavy vehicles, both gasoline and diesel, registered since 2014.
- Label B, Yellow: This includes internal combustion vehicles that, although they do not comply with the latest EURO emission specifications, do comply with previous ones. Passenger cars and light gasoline vans registered since January 1, 2001 and diesel from 2006 will be entitled to this label. Vehicles with more than 8 seats and heavy vehicles, both gasoline and diesel, registered since 2006.
- no label: All those gasoline vehicles prior to the year 2001 or that do not comply with Euro III. All those that are diesel before 2006 or that do not comply with Euro IV.
The rest of the vehicles, which is the 50% most polluting, It is not entitled to any type of badge as it does not meet the requirements to be labeled as a clean vehicle.