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Green-Zones.eu Badges Spanish Distintivo-Ambiental

Since 2018 – The Spanish Distintivo-Ambiental

The Spanish environmental badge Distintivo-Ambiental is required to enter the environmental zones.
Unlike Germany, Spain has not only permanent zones but also temporary zones activated according to weather conditions (depending on NOx and particulate matter levels). Thus, traffic restrictions with or without Distintivo-Ambiental only apply when local authorities activate the zone.
In permanent zones as well as in weather-dependent zones (attention: these are not indicated by traffic signs), traffic restrictions apply to all types of vehicles; also for light vehicles such as mopeds, motorcycles, quads, etc.

The Distintivo-Ambiental is available in 4 different categories; the B and C categories imply having a EURO 4 standard or higher for all types of vehicles, except for light vehicles which must have EURO 2 standard. The 0 and ECO categories are reserved for gas, hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicles.
Unlike a road toll vignette, the Spanish badge only needs to be purchased once. It is valid as long as the vehicle's license plate remains the same.

The Spanish Distintivo Ambiental is currently (update of August 2019) only available for vehicles registered in Spain. Foreign vehicles are subject to complex exemptions, which can be obtained from local authorities.
The environmental zones in Spain are controlled by the police and traffic wardens. A fine of 90 euros plus processing fees will be imposed in case of an infringement.

Zoomable maps of all environmental zones with their boundaries as well as detailed information on the different vehicle types, EURO classes, weekdays, times, special rules and exceptions are available on www.Distintivo-Ambiental.es or www.Green-Zones-App.eu