Environmental distinctive vehicles
Last April , the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) approved labeling system or environmental distinctive vehicles , depending on their pollution potential. This classification stems from the need for large cities to implement policies of positive discrimination and / or negative depending on vehicles, with the aim of improving the quality of their air. So far, to encourage the purchase of less polluting vehicles, there was only a fiscal instrument through registration tax, which records the CO2 emissions of each vehicle. This instrument, which aims tocombat climate change, has brought a serious externality, as it has indirectly encouraged the use of diesel vehicles, whose CO2 emission is lower than a similar gasoline, but with dioxide emissions nitrogen and much higher particles. So, to fix a problem, there has been another.
I do not want to demonize the use of diesel vehicles because they are a great option outside large agglomerations. But definitely, in big cities, the dieselization the circulating park is one of the main reasons for the poor quality of their air.
Environmental distinctive vehicles will serve in the future to establish restrictions on access to the most polluting vehicles in the cities, as happens, for example, in areas of low German issue.
- Label 0 emissions: for those vehicles that do not emit pollutants into the atmosphere. This label pure electric, the hydrogen fuel cell and plug -in hybrids with more than 40 km autonomy are included.
- ECO label: for those vehicles using alternative fuels or cleaner technologies. Here vehicles powered by natural gas (CNG and LPG) for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and hybrid vehicles not included in the label 0 are included.
- Label C: petrol vehicles Euro 4, 5 and 6 and Euro 6 diesel.
- Label B: petrol vehicles Euro 3 and Euro 4 and 5 diesel.
Untagged vehicles will be considered as contaminants.
With this system, the DGT labeling claims to have 50% of the Spanish fleet. The problem will come when municipalities wish to implement measures about 50% of the vehicles considered pollutants because it is a very important block. In my opinion, it would have been interesting to create one or two more labels.
Do not be surprised if in a few months receive a label of these. In principle, their use is optional, but if you do not bring any means that your vehicle is polluting.
In all likelihood, in the future based environmental policies will be applied in this system and is able to improve air quality. But until that day comes, we can use the CPAP Sydney anti – pollution masks as passive protection system our health.