As of 1st January 2023, all Spanish towns and cities with a population of more than 50,000 must have low emission zones, prohibiting the worst polluting vehicles from using them.
Here in Lanzarote, that applies only to Arrecife, and the set up of the first low emissions zone is already underway in Plaza de la Harinera. Two more zones will follow during 2023.
The zones will be identified by this sign
In this example, only vehicles displaying the 0, Eco and C sticker are permitted to enter the zone, so it excludes cars with a B or yellow sticker.
All cars are being issued with windscreen stickers which identify which category they fall into. If you don’t have one already, you can call into any main post office with the car papers and your ID and purchase one for a few Euros. If you prefer, you can order it online via the post office website.
These are the categories
Zero Emissions (Blue sticker)
- Electric Vehicles
- Plug Plug in hybrids with a range of more than 40KM
- Fuel cell vehicles
Eco Emissions (Blue and green sticker)
- Plus in hybrids with a range of less than 40KM
- Natural gas powered vehicles (CNG and LPG)
Class C Emissions (Green sticker)
- Passenger cars and light vans with petrol engines registered after January 2006
- Passenger cars and light vans with diesel engines registered after January 2014
- (Petrol cars with Euro 4.5 and 6 and diesel cars with Euro 6 standard)
Class B Emissions
- Passenger cars and light vans with petrol engines registered after January 2000
- Passenger cars and light vans with diesel engines registered after January 2006
- (Petrol cars with Euro 3 and diesel cars with Euro 4.5 standard)
Without any of these stickers, vehicles may not enter the low emission zones, but do check on which stickers you need to enter each as they become more commonplace through Spain.
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