Low emissions zones and environmental labels must work together, as low emissions zones limit the circulation of more polluting cars, thanks to the identification keys we know as labels.
The problem is that both elements have already been questioned. On one hand, the DGT approved the environment label in 2016, when refrigerators and washing machines were the closest thing to electrification in drivers’ minds.
At the time, only Toyota had demonstrated a non-plug-in hybrid technology, which drivers did not understand at all, as it overly complicated the cars operation without reducing consumption.
Manufacturers took advantage of a legal loophole left by the label to launch a micro-hybrid version that has access to the Eco label, combining motors of over 500 horsepower with minimal electrical assistance that makes it difficult to move the windshield wipers. works from This makes it possible to label as ecological vehicles those that are not labeled as such.
ZBE, the law came late
On the other hand, the national law governing the operation of low-emission zones arrived late and obsolete, as it was not approved until a day before the municipalities were forced to implement it on 31 December.
As a result, most of the 150 cities with more than 50,000 residents should not be activated.
The most common excuse is that they haven’t found time to activate, but the reality is that this is a high electoral cost measure that most city councils don’t want to take before the municipal elections in May.
- Zero: Electric cars and plug-in hybrids with a range of over 40 km
- Eco: plug-in hybrid vehicles, non-plug-in hybrids and gas vehicles with a range of less than 40 km
- C: gasoline vehicles registered since January 2006 and diesel vehicles since 2014
- B: gasoline vehicles registered since January 2000 and diesel vehicles since January 2006
- A: It is also known as no label. Gasoline before 2001 and Diesel before 2006
Now, nearly eight years after the articulation and development of environmental labels, they are hearing the winds of change.
Despite there being no official confirmation, as the DGT neither confirms nor denies, there are many circles close to automobiles that the amendment in the label system has been approved, which will coincide with January 2027 at the latest. Fourth anniversary of the commissioning of the LEZ.
On this date, as confirmed by the Government, the first review of the operation of the low emissions zones will take place.
Nobody wants to admit it
Logically, neither manufacturers nor industry associations want to hear about potential labeling changes that could delay drivers’ purchasing decisions, but given the shortcomings of the current system, it wouldn’t be surprising.
The first change will affect plug-in hybrid cars with the Void label. Currently, the DGT forces them to approve more than 40 kms of electric autonomy, and it is likely that this figure will increase to 90 kms.
Another thing is whether this measure will be retrospective, at that time the DGT had said that it would not be, though it is still too early to know.