Barcelona also has an access regulation in place.
Then the circulation of the most polluting vehicles is progressively restricted in Barcelona city and Greater Barcelona.
The introduction of the low emission zone in Barcelona is phased. The start dates and requirements of the different phases are in the table below:
If the values for PM10 and NO2 are exceeded in Barcelona, the government of Catalonia has the competence to declare an episode of high air pollution.
Cars and vans
From the winter of 2017 until the spring of 2018 motorcycles, trucks, coaches, buses and vans Euro 1, Euro 2 and Euro 3 will be temporarily exempted.
This will be reviewed during 2018.
Emergency scheme; low emission zone
Map 1: Low Emission Zone in Barcelona
dark blue area: LEZ
light blue areas: the exemped areas
Map 2: Low Emission Zones in and around Barcelona
dark blue area: Low Emission Zone in the inner city of Barcelona (Zona de Bajas Emisiones Intrarrondas)
light blue area: Low Emission Zone Greater Barcelona (Zona de Bajas Emisiones del Ámbito 40) (outer city and neighbouring municipalities)
Registered vehicle owners get the appropriate sticker send by mail without ordering it.
Foreign vehicles can get stickers from post offices (see below).
If you do not have a sticker, your vehicle may be stopped and your vehicle papers checked. The level of penalty will depend on whether you meet the emissions standard.
Stickers can be bought from post offices. A list of the post offices you can buy them from can be found here.
The table on this webpage under "National Scheme" will let you know which sticker you will receive.
On high pollution events
From 1 January 2019 Monday to Saturday; from 1 January 2020 permanent
Camera enforced from 2018
Spain now has four emission stickers.The cities can use them also for incentives or bans of certain vehicles.
Putting the sticker on your windshild is voluntary - as the scheme is camera enforced.
People with reduced mobility, emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) and essential services (medical, funeral).
Electric vehicles, PHEV (minimum range 40 km), PHEV (minimum range < 40 km), gas-hybrids: LPG, CNG, LNG, fuel cell.
Episodio de contaminación; Zona de Bajas Emisiones del Àmbit40; Zona de Bajas Emisiones Intrarrondas