Tell me what label you have and I will tell you how this new signal from the DGT affects you

From Europe there is an intention to reduce harmful emissions from combustion cars based on high taxes and traffic restrictions. The goal is to make the transition to electric cars and the deadline is 2035.

By then the cities will have to have protected zones, called Low Emissions Zones (ZBE), which can already be seen in places like Madrid or Barcelona. In this way, the town councils make sure that the neighbors in the nerve center do not breathe too much smoke.

But there is still a long way to go. And, in this sense, the General Directorate of Traffic has prepared a traffic signal that will begin to regulate the zones based on car emissions.

More specifically, the DGT has published this week an instruction on Low Emission Zones and other regulations for access to vehicles in urban areas, better known by the English acronym UVAR, in which creates the ZBE vertical signal.

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. But, what does this signal consist of?

As you can see in the photos, what the sign does is mark the beginning of a low emission zone and, after it, it marks which label is allowed within that zone. It is clear, from the image of the DGT, that label B is going to be the big loser with this rule.

At this rate, Europe would be 21 years late in meeting its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

According to the experts, the sign will facilitate the application of the law that obliges municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants to establish low emission zones before 2023. In this way, large towns and small cities that currently do not have LEZs will soon be able to have it without complications.

Over the next decade, only those with modern, low-emission cars will be able to access urban areas, with the aim of decontaminating the air in these neighborhoods so punished by pollution for years.