Barcelona Bans Older, Most Polluting Cars

Barcelona Bans Older, Most Polluting Cars

From today, passenger cars and motorcycles without the DGT eco-label are no longer allowed to drive through the low-emission zone Rondas de Barcelona from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 8 pm.

The start of the sanctions regime of the ZBE Rondas was planned for April 1st but was postponed until today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 66 cameras, which are distributed in 20 points of the ZBE in the five municipalities already installed and connected to special software, and mobile units of the Guardia Urbana with dynamic control devices read the license plates of cars and motorcycles and check whether they are present, the DGT and Authorized Register of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

If they are not on these records, proceedings will be initiated for their fine, with fines ranging from 100 to 500 euros.

Barcelona’s Climate Emergency Council Eloi Badia stated that the ZBE cameras found yesterday, on the last day without fines, that 3% of the vehicles passing through them did not have the DGT label.

This does not mean that all of these vehicles will be fined today, as part of the AMB register is where the 30,000 vehicles registered are listed, e.g. B. those considered unique or with reduced mobility and those of workers in vulnerable situations.

Another 1.7% are vans, heavy vehicles and groupage vehicles for which moratoriums have been set that will end on various dates in 2021.

As of January 1st, a total of 42,090 messages have been sent to vehicles without DGT distinctiveness that circulated through the Barcelona ZBE during the Prohibited Hours.

“Today Barcelona has less polluting traffic than before,” said the city council, who pointed out that the presence of heavily polluting vehicles is not increasing and that this has a positive effect on health.

Despite avoiding estimating the fines imposed today, Badia has acknowledged that they are unlikely to represent 3% of the vehicle fleet.

Nor did he want to dare to reduce the traffic achieved with the ZBE and insisted that the most important thing is that it has “touched” 20% of the most polluting mobile fleet circulating in Barcelona, ​​and The rest were “influenced” to expedite the renovation.

Nonetheless, it has been warned that the city’s pollution in terms of NO2 has continued to rise since April, although it remains below the 2019 data due to the health situation in the city with lower mobility, despite quickly recovering from the fall during the alert state .

This means that traffic in Barcelona was 9% lower than the average for one day in September 2019.

For this reason, Eloi Badia justified the start of the sanctions with the risk that air pollution in Barcelona in autumn will be above EU regulations and that air maintenance “is a good measure of protection against coronavirus”.