An initiative by the Ajuntament de Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya and other metropolitan organisations, to be put into effect on January 1, 2019, claims that cars older than 20 years will be banned from city roads during the week in an effort to cut traffic emissions by 30 percent over 15 years. The measure will cover Barcelona and 39 surrounding municipalities.
The specific terms of the agreement state that private cars registered before January 1997, and vans registered before October 1994, will be prohibited from driving Monday to Friday. While the ban technically begins in 2019, these vehicles will not be allowed on the street during periods of high pollution as of December of this year.
“The aim is to reduce emissions by 10 percent over the next five years to reach the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation,” said a representative from the Ajuntament. According to the deputy mayor for environment, urban planning and transport, Janet Sanz, authorities hope the public will get on board quickly. To help persuade automobile-dependent residents, those forced to give up their vehicles will be offered free public transport as compensation.