It is true that cars are safer than ever, they are smarter and much more respectful of the environment. The irruption of the electric car with more force than ever has also changed many thoughts, so that electrification has basically become the roadmap for the vast majority of manufacturers that sell in Europe. And that has a lot to do with what the DGT sticker is. Or what is the same; if we do not take it, our car is discriminated… but maybe yours can carry it.
The DGT sticker can benefit or limit us…
The truth is that the European authorities themselves have also helped to make this phenomenon a reality, since the increasingly restrictive laws with which polluting emissions They have boosted the investments of automobile manufacturers in terms of electrification, leaving aside the heat engines.
The arrival of the Low Emission Zones in our country, also known by their ZBE acronym, have brought about a significant change in mentality among drivers. This has led us to what are the DGT’s own (and famous) stickers, where each of them gives certain benefits or supposes certain limitations, so being clear about what the vehicle should look like is key.
In fact, the Low Emission Zones (ZBE) are already a reality in more than 149 cities throughout Spain, since since January 1, 2023 the municipalities of more than 50,000 inhabitants They are obliged to regulate the traffic of polluting vehicles in the center of their municipalities, according to the new Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition. And there, the environmental badge of our car takes on all the relevance.
How to know if it corresponds to us
Towards this, and depending on the sticker that each car has, it will be able to enter the ZBE freely or with a series of restrictions that, if breached, can lead to a 200 euro fine.
This is the case of cars with B and C labels, while vehicles with DGT ECO and ZERO labels will be able to move without restrictions through the LEZs of cities. These DGT badges or stickers are the following:
Label B (Yellow). Gasoline cars and light vans registered since January 1, 2001 and diesel since 2006. Label C (Green): Gasoline cars and light vans registered since January 2006 and diesel since September 2015. Label ECO (Blue and green). Most hybrid and gas vehicles. Plug-in electric cars with a range of less than 40 km, non-plug-in hybrids (HEV), vehicles powered by natural gas and gas (CNG and LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Zero Emissions Label (Blue). Battery-powered cars (BEV), extended-range electric (REEV), plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) with a range of 40 km or fuel cell vehicles.
you can check it easily
Given this, it is enough to go to the electronic headquarters of the DGT, specifically to the ‘Vehicles’ section and, within this, enter the ‘Consult the environmental badge of your vehicle’. Once there, all you have to do is enter the car’s license plate and the system indicates which label corresponds to it.
The DGT has this online tool to easily find out which sticker our car has, where it allows us to check the license plate and environmental label. To use it, all you have to do is enter the complete number plate and you will instantly answer the question of which sticker it has.
Of course, you must take into account that there are vehicles that for its antiquity may not correspond to them no DGT sticker for license plate. Thus, this badge can be obtained at Post Offices and in networks of workshops authorized by the DGT. For its correct use, you must place it in the lower right corner of the vehicle’s windshield, always inside, and it can be read by automatic systems and by law enforcement officers.