The Barcelona City Council starts up the protocol for air pollution episodes

From the 1st of December starts up the protocol for air pollution, including the setting og a low emission zone and restrictions to the most polluting vehicles

The Barcelona City Council, following its agreements with the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and the Catalan Autonomous Government (Generalitat) started up the protocol for air pollution episodes on 1 December. This includes the entry into force on the same date of the low emission zone (LEZ) around Barcelona’s ring roads (Rondes LEZ Area), which involves access restrictions to this area of the most polluting vehicles.

The restrictions will be applied when the Generalitat declares an air pollution episode by nitrogen dioxide (NO2) (where forecasts state this will occur two-three times per year) and, starting in 2020, these restrictions will be permanent.

Starting on this date, when an air pollution episode due to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is declared, a widespread alert mechanism for citizens will be activated. This will be done via reporters and different municipal channels, by TMB and other transport operators, and by B:SM. A series of free alerts will also be offered.

When there is an air pollution episode, the tax for regulated vehicle parking on public roadways will be activated, with an increased rate in the Blue Area and Green Area of two euros/hour, for non-resident vehicles, for the most polluting vehicles, which will be added to the regular rate.

During air pollution episodes, cars that do not bear the Spanish General Traffic Directorate (DGT) environmental label (Zero, Eco, C and B) will not be able to drive in the low emission zone. Concretely, the vehicles affected by this restriction will be sedans that are benzene cars produced before 2000 (prior to Euro 3) and diesels before 2006 (prior to Euro 4). The vans affected are those prior to October 1994 (pre-Euro1).

Further information: http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/qualitataire/



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