Cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants will have to implement a series of circulation measures
In 2023, many cities will launch the low-emission zone plan that is part of the new climate change law. Measures have already been taken for this in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Gijón, but the rest of the large Spanish municipalities will also have to implement a plan for a low-emission zone (ZBE).
The aim of this plan is to improve air quality and reduce pollution in Spanish cities. The Climate Change Law aims to create Low Emission Zones in all those cities in Spain that have more than 50,000 inhabitants before 2023. Therefore, many Spanish municipalities will have to implement Low Emission Zones to adopt this measure and further reduce traffic .
This measure restricts traffic in areas where a certain number of inhabitants is exceeded. The low-emission zones become demarcated areas in which the access, movement or parking of certain vehicles that are considered to be more polluting is restricted. It all depends on the official classification of vehicles according to their pollution level. The General Directorate of Traffic presented a system of labels to identify the most environmentally friendly vehicles.
Because it is a fairly new plan, citizens have many questions. Citizens do not know in which cases they should stop driving in low-emission zones. There may be exceptions in this new plan, but everything will depend on municipal ordinances. The car of a person with a disability is allowed to drive in a low-emission zone approved by the municipality.
What is known is that in cities where Low Emission Zones apply (and have regulations in place) cars can enter Low Emission Zones in the name of a person with a disability or reduced mobility, even if your vehicle cannot drive because it does not have a eco-label (category A, without DGT sticker).
For example, the municipal ordinance of the Madrid Centro district, already in force, says that only vehicles with less polluting DGT stickers on the windshield can circulate and park in regulated parking areas: ECO stickers and Zero. But one of the exceptions is drivers with reduced mobility (whether resident or not). Users in this situation must apply for the relevant authorization from the Madrid City Council. To make the application, they need the parking card for persons with reduced mobility (European Disability Card) and the permit is valid for a single car.
In Barcelona, the LEZ regulations also contain exceptions for people with reduced mobility. They must register their car and prove they have a disability equal to or greater than 33%, and only one application per applicant will be accepted, even if they own more than one vehicle.
Source: La Verdad