The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) is working on updating the environmental labels of vehicles, so some “tweaks” will be carried out in the current system, which may involve introduction of “some new”.

This was announced by the Director General of Traffic, Pere Navarro, who pointed out that it was the Government itself that commissioned them a revision of the current systemTherefore, an inter-ministerial meeting will be held on September 29 to discuss this change.

However, the CEO stressed the importance of this modification being “agreed with the sector”. In this sense, negotiations will begin so that all those involved are satisfied with the new label proposal.

During your participation this week in the webinar Keys and trends of the sustainable mobility of the future, organized by the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), also wanted to send a message of reassurance, ensuring that all labels “will continue in force on their own terms”, although he stressed that it is possible that some other distinctive or some retouching will be introduced, without specifying what these changes could be.

Even so, the Director General of Traffic stressed that “not even close” there is an intention to completely rethink the environmental label system, as has been published in recent months.

The DGT has insisted on the importance of environmental labels, which served as homogeneous regulations for all of Spain at a time when the different autonomous communities and even the town councils were considering establishing a series of badges for certain vehicles.

Own Plan to promote the value chain of the automotive industry: towards sustainable and connected mobility launched by the Government in June already included a update stickers of the DGT, which is expected to arrive in July 2021.

Current environmental labels

At present, there are four different types of environmental labels depending on the emission level of each vehicle: Zero emissions (blue), ECO (blue and green), C (green) and B (yellow).

According to the DGT criteria, the Zero emissions badge It is for mopeds, tricycles, quadricycles and motorcycles, as well as for passenger cars, light vans, vehicles with more than eight seats and battery electric (BEV) or extended range electric (REEV) freight vehicles, as well as hybrid electric vehicles plug-in (PHEV) with a minimum range of 40 kilometers or fuel cell vehicles.

The ECO label corresponds to passenger cars, light vans, vehicles with more than eight seats and plug-in hybrid freight vehicles with autonomy of less than 40 kilometers, non-plug-in hybrid vehicles (HEV), vehicles powered by natural gas, vehicles powered by natural gas ( CNG and LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that meet the criteria of label C.

For their part, gasoline passenger cars and light vans registered as of January 2006 and diesel as of 2014 correspond to the label C, also valid for vehicles with more than eight seats and for the transport of goods, both gasoline and diesel, registered from 2014.

The sticker B It is used for passenger cars and light vans with gasoline registered from January 2000 and diesel from January 2006. It will also be the hallmark of vehicles with more than eight seats and registered gasoline and diesel freight as of 2005.