The first to receive their environmental badge will be the holders of the 16 million vehicles with distinctive Zero, Eco, “C” and “B”. The classification responds to their degree of potential pollution according to the Air Quality and Atmosphere Protection National Plan 2013-2016.
To belong to one category or another will depend on the potential emission of particulates and nitrogen dioxide of each vehicle model. The plan of the Directorate General of Traffic, DGT, is to continue the classification of the rest of the fleet to end up labeling the 32 million vehicles of our current fleet.
The object is the positive discrimination of less polluting vehicles, which with this sticker will be able to benefit more easily from the advantages offered to them for being those who most care for the environment.
The major benefits of this type are of course for vehicles labeled as “zero emissions“, a badge that already existed and which is maintained. Possessing the sticker will make it easier for them to deal with the administrative procedures necessary to access the benefits. This category has in some cities, for example, the privilege of being entitled to park for free in the paying areas.
These are mopeds, tricycles, quadricycles and motorcycles; cars; light vans, vehicles over 8 seats and vehicles for transport of goods classified in the DGT Register of Vehicles as battery electric vehicles (BEV), range extended electric vehicle (REEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with a minimum range of 40 kilometers or fuel cell vehicles.
The first ECO in the streets
In a few weeks the owners of 100,000 ECO classified vehicles will be able to show off their stickers on the Spanish roads. They will be the first to receive a letter from the DGT including the blue and green environmental badge. The ECO vehicles are passenger cars, light vans, vehicles over 8 seats and vehicles for transport of goods classified in the Register of Vehicles as plug-in hybrid vehicles with a range of less than 40km, no plug-in hybrid vehicles (HEV), natural gas powered vehicles, vehicles powered by natural gas (CNG and LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles.
Better is “C” than “B”
Although one might think otherwise, the category “C” environmentally speaking is better than “B”. In subsequent months, and gradually, the DGT will send the “C” and “B ” stickers with green and yellow color respectively, to the vehicles that can display them. That is, the environmental distinctive “C” will be delivered to gasoline cars and light vans registered from January 2006 and diesel from 2014 and vehicles of more than 8 seats and transport of goods, both gasoline as diesel, registered from 2014. Therefore, gasoline vehicles must meet the Euro 4,5 and 6 standard and diesel vehicles must meet Euro 6.
The “B” category will be granted to gasoline cars and light vans registered from January 2000 and diesel vehicles from January 2006 to vehicles of more than 8 seats and for transport of goods both gasoline and diesel registered from 2005. Therefore, gasoline vehicles must meet Euro 3 standard and Diesel Euro 4 and 5.