Is the news of the day. The DGT has just announced the new labelling of emissions for vehicles, a measure that is extremely important to set restrictions that, sooner or later, iran with a win in the Spanish cities, as well as the benefits that are to be applied on those vehicles that you define, so to say, ecological. And why is it so important to the new labelling of emissions? How will it affect the diesel, especially older ones?
The labeling poses no restrictions, nor benefits, are the regulations of town councils, autonomous communities, and Traffic, which will create their own restrictions and benefits on the basis of this labelling.
The first thing to understand is that the General Direction of Traffic still has not imposed any restriction on the traffic. labeling of emissions is solely and exclusively the instrument that will take advantage of relevant authorities to enforce those restrictions. That is to say, each and every one of the restrictions that we see later in certain roads and in certain Spanish cities will revolve around the schedule that you set out these new badges, which will employ four levels depending on the emissions in this order: Zero Emissions, Eco, C, and B. Where Zero Emissions, of course, defines the vehicles that are cleaner, so to speak, and B to the most pollutants.
what precisely landscape we will face in the coming years?
The diesel will be the more aggrieved, at the time of imposing constraints on function labelling. A diesel of 2014, 2015, or 2016, is considered by its emissions as a gasoline car registered after 2006.
Advantage of the situation of this distinctive will be the town councils, in most of the cases, which will decide the restrictions that will be applied in the urban areas of their cities. So that is very likely to soon see the areas in which it prohibits access to vehicles that do not have emission label, cars, petrol registered from the year 2000 onwards and diesel from 2006, or even to those who do not have green label (C) or blue (Zero Emissions), or blue and green (ECO), which would preclude the movement of passenger cars of gasoline prior to the year 2006 and diesel prior to 2014.
The big problem with that we find at the time of the entry into force of these restrictions is in the grievance to the diesel, derived from emissions of NOx. See our dossier on NOx emissions. Let us remember that the diesel, which for a long time they sold to us as efficiency and sustainability, are responsible for issuing large amount of NOx, the same ones that have generated some of the alerts caused by the contamination of the Spanish cities in the last few months, as that forced Madrid to restrict the traffic. Diesels are more modern, have mitigated these emissions thanks to systems of post-treatment, such as AdBlue.
Following the provisions in these distinctive emissions, we would find that on the environmental level the classification of a tourism petrol registered in 2006 would be exactly the same as that of a diesel registered in 2014, 2015 or 2016. If the centre of some Spanish cities remain restricted to vehicles with a green label or blue, we would find that it would be vetoed by traffic diesel registered in 2013, and earlier, while passenger car gasoline enrolled as of 2006 may continue to circulate.
it is Also important to take account of these new badges, the labelling of emissions, like a touch of attention. For the moment we do not know in what consist the specific restrictions that will begin to be applied in Spain. Yes we know that in all probability will begin to be introduced to constraints, starting with large cities, such as Madrid, who have suffered alerts for high pollution levels and that have to comply with specific levels established by community legislation.
As a minimum, and in anticipation of the measures that may be undertaken, we would recommend to take into account the labelling of emissions, for example, at the time of acquiring a vehicle of occasion.