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Everything you can’t do in 2022 with a C-labeled car (and what you can’t do in 2023)

If your car has the C label, you need to worry

The DGT environmental label is essential when it comes to establishing the restrictions that everyone faces. In Madrid, cars without labels were expelled from the historic center of the capital and in Barcelona face significant travel restrictions. But, even cars that have B and C stickers have some limitations to consider.

Because, when establishing an environmental classification with the DGT, it used the European anti-pollution regulations that manufacturers have had to deal with in recent years or the technologies that power the vehicles. We currently have the following:

  • no tags All these gasolines prior to the year 2001 or not conforming to the Euro III standard. All diesels before 2006 or not Euro IV compliant.
  • Label B All gasoline registered after January 1, 2001 or conforming to the Euro III standard. All diesels registered on 1 January 2006 or complying with Euro IV and Euro V standards.
  • Label C All petrol vehicles registered from 1 January 2006 or complying with Euro IV, Euro V or Euro VI standards. All diesels registered after September 1, 2015 or Euro VI compliant.
  • ECO label. All hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles with an electric range of less than 40 kilometres. All vehicles running on natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and which, in addition, meet the requirements of the C label.
  • Zero emission label. All electrified vehicles with an electric range of more than 40 kilometres, whether pure electric, plug-in hybrid or extended range electric. All hydrogen or fuel cell powered vehicles.

how it affects you

Now, what will happen when low emission zones affect many more people? Until this year, that may not have been your problem, but that will change. From 2023, the LEZs will be “democratized” and there will be several thousand additional drivers who will have to adapt to them… with all that that implies.

That’s why, if you haven’t heard of it yet, we bring you the bad news: in 2023, all municipalities in Spain with more than 50,000 inhabitants will have to establish their Private ZBEthat each city will establish according to its own criteria, since each agglomeration is different, whatever the similarities.

The most commonly used measure in this respect is the ban on cars with more emissions They can circulate in the big cities. This means that, as stated in the new Ordinance on Sustainable Mobility in cities like Madrid, vehicles with the C label will be able to access the Special Low Emission Protection Area (ZBEDEP) as long as they go to a car park, a private garage or non-provisional parking reservation. The only vehicles authorized to park on the street (SER zone) will be those marked with an ECO or 0 emission label.

The restrictions will be imposed gradually.

Or what amounts to the same? Anyone who accesses the low emission zone with the active protocols that restrict their access and movement faces a fine of 90 euros. In Barcelona, ​​for example, an extension of 95 square kilometers has been defined in the territories of Barcelona, ​​Esplugues de Llobregat, Hospitalet, Sant Adrià de Besòs and Cornellá de Llobregat.

With it, the label C is The most common in the car fleet of our country. All new cars are equipped with them (unless they are hybrid, micro-hybrid, bi-fuel or electric), as well as petrol cars meeting regulations equal to or higher than EURO IV (in practice, those registered from January 2006 ) and EURO VI diesel (from September 2015).

Cars labeled C can access the ZBEs but not park inside (compulsory when parking), while outside the ZBEs they can circulate freely and also park in regulated parking areas.

These restrictions will go impose itself graduallyso you still have time to buy a less polluting car and be able to get around town without major problems.