Monday, June 27

The DGT creates a new vertical sign that will identify Low Emission Zones in cities

Traffic on the A6 road at the entrance to Madrid.

Traffic on the A6 road at the entrance to Madrid.

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has published an instruction on Low Emission Zones and other regulations for access to vehicles in urban areas, better known by the English acronym UVAR, in which the vertical ZBE sign is created.

A) Yes, Traffic asks local entities to communicate these areas, as well as other vehicle access regulations that they establish in their municipalities to incorporate it into the DGT 3.0 platform and be able to disseminate that information in real time and free of charge to all drivers.

As explained by the department headed by Pere Navarro, this instruction “will facilitate the application” of the Climate Change law promoted by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, which entered into force on May 22.

As highlighted, the rule establishes that municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants –as well as those with more than 20,000 with non-compliance with air quality– and island territories, must establish low-emission zones before 2023. The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge It is already working on Guidelines for the establishment of LEZs that will facilitate their development within the framework of the provisions of the Law.

“The LEZ contribute so much to the improvement of air quality and the health of citizens as well as the mitigation of climate change and noise pollution, and they represent a stimulus for the energy efficiency of transport, promoting its electrification, “Traffic defended.

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On the other hand, the instruction is aligned with what is requested by the European Union, which urges governments to publish common definitions and information protocols on the characteristics of the LEZs, and the rest of the access regulations to cities.

“The objective is that cities are safe, healthy and competitive, and residents, transport operators, distributors and visitors to urban areas know in advance the current restrictions and can properly manage their mobility, “said the DGT, then added that” establishing a common signal to all municipalities goes in the line of the establishment of common protocols pursued by the European Union “.

Madrid and Barcelona begin

Madrid and the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona have already begun to establish these low emission zones and, on an ongoing basis, other cities will. For this reason, and following requests made by transport operators, as well as by local authorities to have a harmonized signal for all Spanish cities, the DGT has created a new vertical signaling, easy to identify and that allows citizens to know approaching or entering an LEZ, as well as the traffic restrictions that affect them.

The sign that informs of the prohibited entry to motor vehicle, except those vehicles that have the environmental mark indicated by the local entity in the bottom of the sign.

The instruction includes the possibility for local authorities to participate proactively in the ecosystem of connected mobility, facilitating the DGT the identification of the areas and roads included in the Low Emission Zones and any other measure restricting access to your municipality.

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According to Jorge Ordás, DGT’s Deputy Director of Mobility and Technology “the DGT 3.0 connected vehicle platform is in a position to receive information on low-emission zones or other restrictions, their schedules and the type of vehicles they affect, for then share it for free and in real time through the National Access Point traffic information “.

In this way, as he specified, “vehicle manufacturers, navigators and mobility applications will be able to know the degree of restriction that affects their itineraries at all times, in order to establish smarter routes.” “We hope that this technology contributes to Eliminate congestion stemming from hectic traffic in our cities“, it is finished.

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