DGT Launches New Traffic Sign For Low Emission Areas

The new signs will identify Low Emission Zones. Image: DGT

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has launched a new traffic sign that will regulate access to certain urban areas.

THE new signs are the result of Spain’s new Climate Change law which came into force on May 22. Now, only certain vehicles can access the Low Emission Zones.

The regulation requires municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, and those with 20,000 with poor air quality, to establish Low Emission Zones before 2023.

The DGT has asked local entities to communicate what areas are Low Emission Zones, as well as “other regulations for access to vehicles that they establish in their municipalities.”

Madrid and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area have already started to establish Low Emission Zones, with other cities expected to follow soon.

“The goal is for cities to be safe, healthy and competitive, and for residents, transport operators, delivery people and visitors to urban areas to know in advance the current restrictions and to be able to adequately manage their mobility,” the DGT said in a statement.

Jorge Ordas, DGT’s Deputy Director of Mobility and Technology, added, “We hope that this contributes to eliminating congestion derived from the hectic traffic of our cities.”

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