Benidorm will approve in full to ask the Government to postpone the establishment of the Low Emission Zones

November 24, 2022
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The plenary session of the 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 of the obligation 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 norm that obliges the establishment of ZBEs, "for which reason the generic mandate for the establishment of ZBEs has not been specified." It stresses that the Executive "must establish the minimum requirements that these 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 the Local Entities "it is necessary and urgent that a moratorium on the period of entry into force" of the Low Emission Zones be approved.

The body of the motion also points out that the fact of not having approved the Royal Decree that regulates ZBEs 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 LEZ 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 stated in the motion is that the adoption of measures such as the creation of LEZs 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 said renewal”.