To avoid signage diversity and unify criteria that do not confuse Spanish drivers, The General Directorate of Traffic is working on the premiere of a new vertical sign that clearly and specifically indicates one of the spaces that has been generating the most controversy since its implementation: low emission zones or restricted traffic according to pollution criteria.
The General Directorate of Traffic has published an instruction on Low Emission Zones and other vehicle access regulations in urban areas in which the vertical ZBE sign is created. It does so with a view to next year 2023, when the restricted traffic areas will be spread over a greater number of Spanish towns.
A) Yes, This instruction will facilitate the application of the Climate Change law promoted by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, which entered into force on May 22. The norm establishes that municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and island territories they will need to establish low-emission zones by 2023.
The signal informs of the prohibited entry to motor vehicle except those vehicles that have the environmental mark indicated by the local entity at the bottom of the sign. Following the experiences in Madrid and Barcelona, both transport operators and local authorities have requested the creation of this new signal to harmonize the regulations in all Spanish cities to facilitate the location and identification of these areas with limited circulation.
From the DGT they have indicated that LEZs contribute to both the improvement of air quality and the health of citizens as well as the mitigation of climate change and noise pollution. They also represent a stimulus for the energy efficiency of transport, promoting its electrification.