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How to place the ECO sticker on your car to avoid a fine


The Director General of Traffic (DGT) has issued a guide on how to place the new environmental sticker (ECO) on your car to avoid being handed a fine of 200 euros

The new environmental badge is a way of classifying vehicles based on their energy efficiency and the environmental impact they produce and came into force on January 1, this year (2923).

It is the introduction of the low emission zones ( ZBE ) in some Spanish cities and the chaos that is causing, both for the consistories and for drivers, it is time to learn what the labels of the DGT are and how to put them in our vehicles.

These environmental badges classify vehicles based on their energy efficiency and the environmental impact they produce. Older cars do not have this badge and cannot access certain LEZs, such as Madrid Central or Rondas de Barcelona, ​​at the risk of earning a fine if they do.

Types of environmental labels

Currently, there are four types of environmental labels, classified depending on the technology of the vehicle:

Label 0 emissions. In blue, it identifies the most efficient vehicles (electric, fuel cell, or plug-in hybrids with a range of more than 40 kilometers).

Eco Label. For hybrid or gas vehicles (CNG, LNG, and LPG) and for plug-in hybrids with a range of less than 40 kilometers.

Label C. Green. For internal combustion vehicles that comply with the latest EURO emissions (EURO 4.5 and 6 for gasoline and 6 for diesel). Gasoline vehicles registered since January 2006 and diesel registered since September 2015.

Label B. Yellow. Vehicles that meet the previous EURO emission specifications (EURO 3 for gasoline and 4 and 5 for diesel) and vehicles older than those indicated in the previous section (gasoline registered since January 2001 and diesel from 2006).

The regulations are very clear, the ITV sticker is mandatory, while the environmental sticker is not, but its use is recommended to facilitate the recognition work of the police in cities. However, the DGT warns that some town halls may require its mandatory use and so it is advisable to inform yourself to avoid problems.

It should be remembered that this environmental classification, like vehicle insurance, is associated with the license plate.

Where to place the sticker

The DGT also specifies exactly where it should be placed: just in the lower right corner of the front windshield, inside the glass. If it is not placed there, you run the risk of earning a fine. This sanction comes because the label can hinder the driver’s vision and this is penalised with a €200 fine. For motorcycles, the label must be placed in any visible place.

If you are going to travel to another European country with your vehicle, you should find out about the regulations in place for that country, because you may need to place a special label. Within Spanish territory, you can purchase, for €5, the environmental badge corresponding to your vehicle at Post Offices, at the Network of Workshops of the Spanish Confederation of Workshops (CETRAA), and at the Institute of Environmental Studies.

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