Friday, 8 September 2023
Estepona is the first town on the Costa del Sol to create a Low Emission Zone in a big move towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.
Spain’s Climate Change Law demands that from 2023 every town and city with more than 50,000 inhabitants must introduce Low Emission Zones (ZBE). The regulation aims to promote more sustainable transport alternatives and restrict access to city and town centres for the most polluting vehicles.
The Estepona scheme will be rolled out before the end of the year and will be implemented in three phases. The first stage will restrict the town centre to all vehicles that do not have an environmental sticker between 8am and 9pm. In 2024 traffic will then be totally restricted to this type of vehicle, and the above-mentioned timetable will affect those with a Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) B sticker. In 2025, the rule will regulate those vehicles that only have a DGT C sticker.
The area that will be included in the Low Emission Zone will be 600,000 square metres covering most of the historic centre of the town, marked by the Avenida Andalucía, the Tajo and Pilar de Farinós streets , Avenida de San Lorenzo and the seafront.
An Estepona town hall spokesperson said: "this delimitation ensures and guarantees circulation around the ZBE via Avenida Andalucía and Avenida San Lorenzo, so that mobility in the municipality is guaranteed via these roads, as circulation on them will not be subject to the restrictions of the Low Emission Zone".
Vehicles registered in Estepona, loading and unloading vehicles, all vehicles accessing public car parks and those going to hotels will be exempt from the restrictions.
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