⛔ – LOW EMISSION ZONES – ZBE’s
N332 shared below information about new low emissions zones that are being introduced across 147 towns and cities and how to obtain one of the new emissions stickers for your vehicle.
⭕ ZBE – ZONAS DE BAJO EMISIONES
Although already operating in the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, new ZBE – Zonas de Baja Emisiones (low emissions zones) are starting to be rolled out from 1st Jan 2023 which will affect most drivers who live in or wish to drive into towns with a population of more than 50,000 residents.
These zones will be controlled by means of circular windscreen stickers with a 200 euro fine for people who don’t obey the new rules. There are 4 categories available to cars and light vans as follows:
🔵 0 – BLUE – NO RESTRICTION
This category includes: Battery powered electric vehicles, extended range electric vehicles, plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) with an autonomous range of 40km or more, LPG vehicles and other gas powered vehicles.
🔵/🟢ECO – GREEN / BLUE – SOME RESTRICTIONS
This category includes: non plug-in hybrids, hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) with an autonomous range of less than 40 kms. There will be some restrictions to this type of vehicle, which will be determined by individual town halls.
🟢 C – GREEN – RESTRICTIONS
This covers petrol cars & light vans registered from 2006 onwards and diesel vehicles registered from 2014 onwards. Generally speaking category C vehicles cannot enter Low Emission Zones, although rules are implemented on a town by town basis so for example in Madrid, C category vehicles are allowed to enter some ZBE’s to go to a car park.
🟡 B – YELLOW – NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER ZBE’s
Petrol vehicles registered after January 2000 or diesel vehicles from 2006 to 2014 will be restricted from entering Low Emissions Zones.
❌ A – NO STICKER AVAILABLE – NOT PERMITTED
According to estimates, approximately 32% of cars & light vans will not be able to enter ZBE’s due to the fact that they are too old to meet the strict emissions requirements and consequently do not qualify for a sticker.
🚘 FOREIGN VEHICLES
There is currently no scheme in place for foreign vehicles to enter Spanish ZBE’s, although it is likely that an agreement will be reached in due course with other European countries that have similar schemes in place
✅ HOW TO OBTAIN AN EMISSIONS STICKER
You can obtain one of the new emissions stickers from local gestoría or online via the Correos website but the easiest method is probably at a main Correos office. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish, just print off and fill out the attached form to take with you. You can also download it here; please click the link ZBE stickers.