With the seemingly unstoppable rise in car numbers in Marbella, the town hall is attempting to incentivise the purchase of 'greener' vehicles with the introduction of discounts of up to 75 per cent on road tax (Impuesto de Circulación).
As part of a drive to improve air quality in the area, cars with hybrid or electric engines, as well as new 'classic' engines which come with efficiency certificates, would be eligible.
The change has already been agreed by the council, but it cannot become effective until at least next week when the appropriate modification to the fiscal legislation is approved.
"We brought this proposal forward in September," said council spokesman Félix Romero on Monday. "This is a key part of our new sustainable movement strategy to create a pleasant town for everyone."
Romero added: "To that end, we must motivate the public to adopt this type of vehicle to greater respect the environment."
The town hall will spend 60,000 euros on this project, he said.