Name of the environmental zone: Environmental Zone LEZ Barcelona/City - Spain
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 23-10-2018
Type of environmental zone: Permanent, from Monday to Friday between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable
Not allowed to drive (permanently): For L1-7 types: Euro standards 0-1. For M1, N1 petrol types: Euro standards 0-2. For M1, N1 diesel types: Euro standards 0-3. For M2, M3, N2, N3 petrol/diesel types: Euro standards 0-3.
Sticker/ Registration / Request: Entry only with sticker or registration.
Fines: 200 € - 1800 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The area of the environmental zone of the city of Barcelona includes the urban centre within the B-20 and B-10 motorways, the socalled “rondas”. The environmental zone of Barcelona is concentrated on the municipality of Barcelona, except for the districts of Vallvidrera, Tibidabo and Llanuras and the industrial area south of the B-10 motorway. The environmental zone also includes the surrounding municipalities of Barcelona: Sant Adrià de Besòs, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat und Cornellà de Llobregat.
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
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What is a ZBE zone?
The ZBE zones (Zona Baixes Emissions), are fixed zones that can be identified by traffic signs. They are designed to reduce air pollution in Spanish cities quickly and permanently.
A permanent ZBE zone is a zone in which permanent and fixed traffic restrictions apply, such as speed limits and other restrictions, and in which entry is regulated by a system of stickers. Furthermore, in the course of the next few years, stickers may be gradually removed from the system, so that vehicles with these stickers will no longer be able to enter the zones.
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