What you need to know about the changes to cars' emission stickers in Spain

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What you need to know about the changes to cars' emission stickers in Spain
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From July 1st, Spain's General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) will readjust the criteria for its environmental badge emission stickers of vehicles in the country. Here's what you need to know if you're a driver in Spain.


The DGT environmental labels classify vehicles according to their environmental impact. 

The current system for classifying vehicles according to environmental standards was launched in 2016 and identifies the vehicles which pollute the most.

The new system for granting environmental badges aims improves on the existing one, which although has been deemed an overall success, has also seen a lot of criticism.


This is because it currently runs on a classification system based on propulsion and vehicle technology and not by the real amount of emissions that each car produces.

Perre Navarro, General Director of the DGT who announced the details of this new system, stressed that the current badges would however remain valid. 

As of yet, it has not been clarified as to how the new process for the granting of the new DGT environmental labels will work, however it will allow for fairer criteria and will hopefully appease those who have complained about the current system. We will keep you posted as soon as we know, so stay tuned if you're a driver in Spain.

Currently, there are four DGT environmental labels to categorise vehicles according to their impact on the environment. These include Zero emissions (blue sticker), ECO (green and blue sticker), ‘C’ (green sticker) and ‘B’ (yellow sticker).

Those cars not eligible for a sticker are classified as 'A'. 

These categories depend on when the vehicle was registered, whether they use petrol or diesel and how many seats or how big they are. 

Last year saw Barcelona launch the long anticipated restriction on traffic in the centre of the city known as the Low Emissions Zone (ZBE)

This mean that only cars with the environmentally friendly low-emission stickers are able to access it, along with residents. 



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