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Low-emission Zones in Spain

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What are LEZs or Low Emission Zones?

An LEZ is a for the purpose of reducing pollution and improving the air quality of cities. In 2023 they will be implemented in all municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in Spain.

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Latest news on low emission zones in Spain

Last update: June 13, 2022

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June 13, 2022

This is the first city in Spain you can't drive into without a DGT sticker

It is likely that you will visit this city during the summer, and your vehicle will have to display the relevant DGT sticker.

As of January 2023, the Low Emission Zones will be operational in all municipalities with a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants and in this way there will be closer monitoring of those vehicles that do not display the environmental label. It is a measure to make our polluted cities much more sustainable, and it also aims to urge users, over time, to acquire ever less polluting vehicles, and there is already a city that is ahead of the pack as regards the restrictions on those vehicles that do not have the aforementioned sticker.

As from 1st June in Gijón, all cars entering the Asturian city must have their DGT environmental label stuck to the windscreen or they could be fined 90 euros.

This economic fine will not be accompanied by the immobilisation or towing away of the car by a municipal tow truck, but it has been criticised by the opposition as a tax-collecting measure.

In this way, as regards all vehicles that can display the DGT sticker, if they wish to enter Gijón from now on, they need the label on the windscreen. To be precise, this means that all petrol-powered cars registered from the year 2000 onwards and all those equipped with a petrol engine registered as from 2006 onwards can display it.

This affects 71% of vehicles in Gijón and it applies to all vehicles from other Autonomous Communities.

This measure affects a motorcycle fleet that is estimated at 23,000 units, and there is already a considerable increase in requests for these stickers from the Post Office.

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LEZ Map Spain 2022

In some cities such as they already have LEZs up and running.

On the Bip&Drive app, you can check out all the Low Emission Zones in Spain in real time on an interactive map while using your current location. Drive with peace of mind and avoid fines in the city!

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When and where do the LEZs come into force?

According to EU climate regulations, all municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in Spain must have their own LEZ in place and in operation by the end of 2023.

How Parks and Ride are complemented by the implementation of the LEZ

The parks and rides were created as a complement to be able, in some cases for free and in others at cheap rates, to park your vehicle in car parks that are very well connected to major public transport links (metro interchanges, bus stops, suburban stations) and promote this form of mobility around the city so that the concentration of pollution decreases and air quality is improved.

Environmental labels and low emission zones

There are 5 types of badges: A (no label) B, C, ECO and ZERO

The environmental badges that will be are: A (no label) B and C. The A (no label) badge will have the most restrictions and the first to be banned from circulation in cities

In turn, the least affected environmental badges will be: ECO and CERO.

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LEZs implemented

There are currently a total of 6 municipalities in Spain that have one or more low emission areas in operation.
On the following list, you can see these municipalities and access more information about each of them:

  • ZBE Madrid

  • ZBE Barcelona

  • ZBE Sant Joan Despí

  • ZBE Rivas-Vaciamadrid

  • ZBE Sant Cugat del Vallès

  • ZBE L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

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