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The proposal of the PP and Cs groups requires the Government to first establish the minimum requirements that the ZBE must meet

Benidorm will fully approve asking the Government to postpone the establishment of the Low Emission Zones

23 November 2022
Zona Bajas Emisiones.

The plenary session of Benidorm City Council, which will be held next Monday, will approve a motion of the municipal groups of the PP and Cs to urge the Government of Spain to approve "urgently" the corresponding legislative measures to agree on a postponement in the obligation of the establishment, before 2023, of Low Emission Zones (ZBE) in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and in those with more than 20,000 when they exceed the limit values ​​of pollutants regulated by Royal Decree.

The motion argues that the Government "has not yet carried out the regulatory development" of the rule that requires the establishment of the ZBE, "so the generic mandate for the establishment of the ZBE has not been specified." It stresses that the Government "must establish the minimum requirements that such LEZs must meet, providing legal certainty to users, companies, and the general public".

Given the current dates and the "impossibility" of complying with the provisions of the law by Local Entities, "it is necessary and urgent to approve a moratorium on the period of entry into force" of the Low Emission Zones.

The body of the motion also indicates that the fact of not having approved the Royal Decree that regulates the ZBE is generating "unnecessary uncertainty for Local Entities" which implies that "the European funds associated with the entry into their force”.

The proposal adds the claim that, for the sake of municipal autonomy, each local entity "should have the freedom to decide whether the creation of a ZBE is an effective measure to achieve the objective of fighting pollution or not" so that these local entities have "the freedom to define their scope and conditions in order to comply with the principle of local autonomy."

Another reason set out in the motion is that the adoption of measures such as the creation of ZBEs in the current context of crisis "could pose a serious problem for many families and companies, economically vulnerable, who will be forced to replace their vehicles with others. less polluting and, however, they cannot afford such renovation”.