Radars triple in Barcelona: from 20 to 62

The City Council of Barcelona has announced an expansion of the detection points in the low emission zones (ZBE). A total of 42 new controls will be installed to monitor vehicle traffic.

The idea is to control as many entries and exits to the city as possible. To make this possible, the installation of surveillance cameras will be expanded up to three times more, covering a total of 62 control points. The initiative is financed by the European Next Generation funds.

Some of the spaces where these new detection points will be installed are the Paseo de Santa Coloma, the Ronda del Mig, the Diagonal, the street Aragonthe Vallcarca avenue or the Traversera de les Corts.

  1. How the ZBE is regulated
  2. The changes in the ZBE regulations

How the ZBE is regulated

The ZBE regulations have been in operation for almost three years. It was established with the aim of reducing the high levels of pollution in the Barcelona capital. With its implementation, the circulation of vehicles that do not have the environmental badge authorized by the DGT.

The fine for non-compliance with this measure amounts to 200 euros, with an extension of 30% in case it coincides with a situation of high pollution.

However, the law has a number of exceptions. The validity of this regulation is activated from Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Therefore, vehicles without a badge that drive at night or at weekends are exempt from any penalty.

In the same way, emergency and essential services, transport of people with reduced mobility and people with disabilities are considered special cases.

The changes in the ZBE regulations

The City Council of Barcelona plans to make further changes in the run-up to 2023. As a new measure, the occasional days of free movement will be extended.


The City Council plans to make new changes within the framework of the ZBE regulations | Council of Barcelona

Permits will also be implemented for those users with low incomes, citizens about to enter retirement age who use the vehicle for work reasons and people who need to receive regular medical attention.

The goal for next year was to assign ZBEs to all cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Currently, the project is waiting for the judicial process to be resolved by the TSJC in relation to the management of regulations a Barcelona.

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