As from next year, the permanent low emissions zones will operate from Mondays to Friday during working hours, from 7 am to 8 pm, affecting 125,000 vehicles. A monitoring commission made up of the different organisations and experts from the board against air pollution will define the by-law to regulate the zones.
Cutting traffic by 125,000 vehicles with no DGT environmental badges will mean a 15% reduction in air pollution by 2024. The permanent low emissions zones cover an area of 95 square kilometres, including Barcelona and areas in municipalities near the ring roads in Sant Adrià del Besòs, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat and Cornellà de Llobregat. A monitoring commission with representatives from the board against air pollution board, made up of organisations, experts and administrations, will define the by-law to regulate the zones.
Restrictions affecting vehicles without the DGT environmental badge are as follows:
- Petrol-driven cars registered before January 2000 and diesel cars registered before January 2006.
- Vans registered before 1 October 1994.
- Motorbikes and mopeds registered before 2003, pre-Euro 2.
These restrictions, which currently only apply during NO2 pollution episodes, will become permanent as from 1 January 2020.
Emergency vehicles (police, firefighters and ambulances), vehicles used by people with reduced mobility and essential services will be able to circulate in the low emissions zones, regardless of their DGT badges.
Displaying the badge is not obligatory. The city police will check the number plates of vehicles in circulation using cameras installed at the entry points to the low emissions zones.