Driving in Spain – Eco-Stickers, all you need to know

Eco Sticker

All you need to know about vehicle eco-stickers in Spain and why you should have one in your windscreen.

You may have noticed increasing numbers of colourful stickers appearing in the windscreens of various vehicles across your local area and beyond – these are the eco-stickers that form a key part of Spain’s commitment to reducing emissions and meeting their EU carbon neutral targets.

A few years ago, Spain implemented a raft of new policies designed to reduce pollution by restricting/banning vehicles with high emissions from the centres of cities like Madrid, Barcelona and later Valencia, Murcia, Cordoba and Granada.

What is an “eco-sticker”?
A key element of this new policy was headed up by the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) with the issue of “eco-stickers”. Based on the emissions level of the vehicle and placed in the bottom right of the windscreen, there are 4 categories of eco-stickers O, Eco, B & C.

If you have recently registered a vehicle in Spain, then an eco-sticker should have been issued with your paperwork, but if you don’t have one, there are a couple of ways you can get hold of one.

Check which eco-sticker you need for your vehicle
Visit the DGT website in English, click on the sticker button and type your vehicle registration number in the box. The applicable eco-sticker will pop up on screen.

Purchase your eco-sticker
You have the option to purchase your eco-sticker online there and then and you can even buy it in a package with the new V-16 emergency light.
You can also buy one at your local Correos (Post Office) if preferred.

Where to put you EcoSticker
Your sticker needs to be placed in the bottom right-hand corner of the windscreen

Eco-stickers mandatory in Madrid and special parking rules apply
Eco-stickers are compulsory for Spanish registered cars in Madrid (you risk a €90 fine for not displaying one), and there are various limitations on which categories of vehicle can park, transit or stay within the “Madrid Central” low-pollution area. If you’re planning on visiting or transiting Madrid Central by car/van/motorhome, there are a couple of Apps that will help with navigating all these rules:

  • The Madrid Central App, supported by  City Hall
  • The Parclick website and app, which allows to you book parking spaces (essential for Category B and C vehicles) and will warn if the Pollution Protocols change during your visit
Barcelona now has Low Emissions Zone – LEZ
Barcelona also requires vehicles wishing to drive in/through the Low Emissions Zone to display a sticker. If a vehicle is not eligible for a sticker (normally because the emissions are too high) then they aren’t allowed in the LEZ except during specific times of day/week- more information here.
There’s an app for that
If all the zones, time restrictions, stickers etc are making your head spin, the Green-Zones app has the answer (covers Spain, EU, UK and many other countries)
Also, check out our YouTube Video about this article 
Happy motoring!

The information in this article was current on the date published.
Article last updated 15.8.2022

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