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Low emissions zone in Bilbao 3 months without penalty

Jesus Carames

May 18, 2024 | 10:55 a.m.

Starting June 15, the center of Bilbao will be declared a Low Emissions Zone (ZBE), restricting access to polluting vehicles. This measure is part of a broader plan so that, in 2030, only vehicles considered low polluting will circulate in the city. The regulations, collected by Europa Press, seek to improve air quality and raise public awareness about the importance of sustainable mobility.

Implementation and phases of the Low Emissions Zone

The ZBE ordinance will imply restrictions on access, circulation and parking in the center of Bilbao for polluting and heavily polluting cars, on weekdays, from 7.00:20.00 a.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. Although the regulations come into force on June 15, fines for violations will not be applied until September 15, allowing for an adaptation period. During this time, vehicles that violate the rule will be towed away and will receive a warning instead of an immediate fine.

From the Mobility and Sustainability area, they have emphasized that this regulation does not have a collection purpose, but rather seeks to raise awareness among citizens. The main objective is to improve air quality in the city, a crucial issue for public health and the environment. The cameras will control access to the ZBE, ensuring that regulations are complied with from day one, even if sanctions are not imposed immediately.

Exemptions and moratoriums

The ordinance provides several exemptions for certain vehicles, including:

  • Vehicles of residents within the ZBE
  • Vehicles that transport people with reduced mobility
  • Emergency and essential vehicles
  • Historical vehicles
  • Mopeds of less than 50 cubic centimeters

In addition, transitional periods or moratoriums have been planned for specific groups, allowing a smoother transition to the new restrictions.

Modifications and facilities

Among the modifications of the new regulations is the increase in the number of invitations for polluting vehicles that residents, merchants and hoteliers can make. These invitations increase from 4 to 6, and for residents over 70 years of age, the number increases from 12 to 16.

People who prove that they have purchased a non-polluting car will have permission to circulate in the ZBE until the vehicle is delivered. This also includes second-hand vehicles or those that use temporary license plates. In addition, procedures will be streamlined for vehicles that transport people with reduced mobility.

Control and follow up

In Bilbao, vehicle access control will be carried out using license plate readers, eliminating the need to physically have the environmental label. This simplifies the process and ensures more efficient control of vehicles entering the ZBE. An annual report will detail the monitoring and results obtained with this measure, allowing the regulations to be adjusted and improved as necessary.

A step towards sustainability

The implementation of the Low Emissions Zone in Bilbao is a significant step towards sustainability and improving air quality in the city. This effort reflects a clear commitment to public health and the environment, aligning with global sustainable mobility trends.

With the implementation of this regulation, Bilbao is positioned as a pioneering city in the fight against urban pollution, setting a precedent for other cities in Spain and Europe. The success of this initiative will depend on the collaboration between authorities, residents and businesses, all working together for a cleaner and healthier future.

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