Motorcycles and other vehicles can access the Cartuja Low Emission Zone without risk of penalty

Motorcycles and other vehicles can access the Cartuja Low Emission Zone without risk of penalty
Motorcycles and other vehicles can access the Cartuja Low Emission Zone without risk of penalty

He 1st of July came into force Low Emission Zone (LEZ) on the Island of the Charterhouse. This measure is the result of the State Law on Climate Changewhich requires all Spanish cities and municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants to have at least one ZBE.

The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law, in article 14.3, defines the ZBE as an area delimited by a “public administration, in exercise of its powers and in which the following are applied: Restrictions on vehicle access, movement and parking to improve air quality and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with the classification of vehicles by their level of emissions in accordance with the provisions of the current General Vehicle Regulations.”

The Seville City Council approved the establishment of the Cartuja PCT as a ZBE in 2022, and put the regulations into effect on January 1, 2023 (Monday to Friday, except holidays, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). An average of 1,000 people access this area every day. 28,000 vehicles and ones 24,000 workers on weekdays (in addition to university students or residents).

However, it was not until July 2024 that the City Council began to impose financial penalties on vehicles that violated the regulations and entered the area.

Motorcycles and mopeds are exempt from fines in the ZBE

In addition to vehicles with the four environmental labels (0 emissions, Eco, C or B), there is a list of transports that can access the PCT Cartuja without risk of financial penalty. This is the case of motorcycles and mopeds, without the need for any paperwork some.

This exception benefits the 156,646 motorcycles are currently registered in Seville, according to the latest data from the DGT.

Other vehicles that can access the ZBE

In order to access the Cartuja Low Emission Zone, in addition to motorcycles and mopeds, there is also a list of exceptions, which must be submit an authorization with a responsible declaration and send it through the electronic headquarters of the Seville City Council or in the Registration Assistance Offices:

  • Vehicles intended for the transport of goods with a GVM greater than 3,500 kg, and less than or equal to 12,000 kg.
  • Vehicles intended for the transport of goods with a GVM greater than 12,000 kg.
  • Category M vehicles that have more than 8 seats in addition to the driver.
  • Bicycles, cycles and pedal-assisted cycles and personal mobility vehicles.
  • TYPE A accredited (residents), after obtaining accreditation in the Municipal District of Triana.
  • TYPE B accredited (garage space users in restricted areas), after obtaining accreditation from the Triana Municipal District.
  • Vehicles that transport or pick up people with reduced mobility, with prior registration of the person holding the PMR card and prior communication or authorization for vehicle access, in which the vehicle’s registration number will be indicated in the responsible declaration.
  • Vehicles linked to the economic activity of companies located within the indicated areas
  • Emergency and healthcare vehicles, without any formalities, provided that their use is duly recorded in the last two digits of the classification code on the vehicle’s technical data sheet.
  • Vehicles destined for one of the public parking lots on a rotation basis located within the indicated areas, with the destination verified through the license plates captured by a recognition system.
  • Vehicles transporting patients for emergency care or hospital discharge, providing justification of such circumstances within 48 hours of accessing the affected area.
  • Vehicles intended for public transport of passengers in tourist vehicles (Taxi and VTC)
  • Municipal service vehicles, with prior authorization from the Mobility Delegation.
  • Armored vehicles for cash transport and cash management.
  • Medical service vehicles equipped for healthcare functions.
  • Funerary vehicles.
  • Roadside assistance cranes.
  • Workshop vehicles.
  • RTV vehicles.
  • Wedding vehicles.
  • Vehicles for transporting people to day-care centres.
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