Barcelona is studying to veto the cars pollutants on days of high pollution

Tráfico en la ciudad de Barcelona

Barcelona are studying the restriction of the access of cars polluting the AMB in days of high pollution. Photo: Carles Ribas (The Country).

¿Is Barcelona close to following in the footsteps of Madrid? The truth is that getting introduced this proposal, which is making the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) to reduce the environmental impact of traffic in the phases of critical episodes of emissions of NO2 and particles in suspension would be the second large city in spain which will put in place a plan traffic restrictions on days of high pollution.

Barcelona can ban cars pollutants

while now this proposal must be reviewed and receive the approval the municipal government of Ada Colau and, in the second place, the Generalitat of catalonia. The idea that has been put on the table and that shall be approved or rejected is to veto the access of cars polluting the AMB in the days that register high levels of NO2 and particulate matter in suspension. The veto would have effect during the hours of greatest traffic: from 08:00 until 20:00.

An important aspect that has not been clarified since the AMB is whether such a veto would have instead prolonged during the whole of the strip of hours referred to above, or may be activated/deactivated so discontinued.

Retenciones en los acceso a Barceona

Deductions access to Barcelona. Photo: elEconomista.

The veto of these vehicles pollutants will be activated in episodes of heavy pollution, when it is exceeded in two or more stations to air the threshold of 200 micrograms per cubic metre, in the case of NO2, and 80 micrograms for particulate matter PM-10. The AMB says that this situation occurs very sporadically in the capital of the Catalan community (an average of three episodes per year).

Also lack to know some details about the process of identification of vehicles that may or may not have access to the AMB. Although an option that can be used are the distinctive environmental DGT that rate the vehicles according to their emission levels. As well explain in detail when they were announced last year, there are four types of stickers:

Sticker Type of Vehicle
0 Emissions Any model plug-in (more than 50 km of autonomy) or hydrogen fuel cell
ECHO plug-in Hybrids (with less than 50 km of autonomy), not plug-in and transformed to gas, Euro 4 onwards in any case
C Gasoline Euro 4 onwards, Diesel Euro 6
B Gasoline Euro 3, Diesel Euro 4-5

Tráfico en la Plaza de España de Barcelona

Traffic in the Plaza of Spain (Barcelona). Photo: Circulating Insurance (Flickr).

vehicles that lack the distinctive environment of the DGT is because under the hood there is a gasoline engine, Euro 2 or lower, or a diesel engine Euro 3 or lower.

This measure would add to others that Barcelona has already put in place as the creation of a “green card”, a new title of free transportation valid for a period of three years, for those owners of a car a contaminant that decide to take it to the scrap yard.

For now, this proposal is “in the air” and it remains to be seen if it will finally be carried into effect. Yes, some sources knowledgeable of the way that they are carrying the conversations indicate that, from the consistory of barcelona are very interested in this strategy of anti-pollution proposal by the AMB. If so, we are very close to see Barcelona set their own restrictions on the traffic, as happens in Madrid.