Tourist and foreign vehicles low emissions driving restrictions in Barcelona

Tourist and foreign vehicles low emissions driving restrictions in Barcelona

To combat high levels of pollution a low emissions zone (LEZ) inside Barcelona's ring roads (ZBE Rondes de Barcelona) came into effect on 1 January 2020.

From January 2020 Barcelona introduced an anti-pollution traffic measure that restricts driving access to most of the city from Monday to Friday from 7am until 8pm by polluting vehicles

The polluting vehiciles are petrol cars registered before the year 2000, diesel cars registered before the year 2006, vans registered before October 1, 1994, and motorbikes and mopeds registered before the year 2003

The restricted area is called the low-emission zone, or LEZ and it covers 95 square kilometers and includes city suburbs Sant Adrià de Besòs, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat and Cornellà de Llobregat. Barcelona's main ringroads are exempt.

Tourist and foreign vehicles Vehicles with foreign licence plates are subject to the same conditions as local ones, and will need a special permit from the AMB to enter the LEZ.

If you drive in the LEZ zone without authorization you can be fined from €100 euros to €1,803, depending on the vehicle type and the infraction.

The Spanish Guàrdia Urbana traffic police will monitor the zone and 200 cameras have been installed at the Barcelona's main access roads to read licence plates and fine polluting vehicles.

Restricted vehicles are caught on camera will only be fined once if less than 90 minutes has passed before being detected by a second camera. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 14:41