Valencia (EFE).- The application of the Low Emission Zones (ZBE) in the city of Valencia is a measure in which the majority of mayoral candidates, consulted by EFE, defend that it be implemented with participation and consensus, although Vox rejects it and the PP warns of the local government’s delay in applying it.
The mayor of Valencia and candidate for re-election for Compromís, Joan Ribó, assures that it will be applied “in a participatory manner” with the residents and that the process of citizen participation has already begun to promote agreements both on the areas and on the procedure of implantation.
“We will take into account those sectors of the population with economic difficulties to change vehicles; We will comply with the law, but we don’t want it to be a problem for people,” says Ribó.
Along the same lines, the vice mayor and socialist candidate for mayor, Sandra Gómez, affirms that this measure promoted by the European Union must be developed, but considers that the path is “generating consensus, informing all citizens and guaranteeing that it is a just ecological transition so that people with fewer resources are not harmed.”
The PP candidate for mayor, María José Catalá, recalls that, according to the Climate Change law, the Low Emissions Zone should be operational in 2023, for which she describes as “surprising” that Compromís and PSPV, “which uphold the flag of sustainability, has not already presented its plan”, which he attributes to “electoral fear”.
Catalá points out that his mobility plan will have a planning agreed with neighbors and merchants and will ensure that it does not harm working families, because you cannot “punish those who have the most difficulties with mobility limitations and more taxes, and forcing them to buy a more expensive car”, and supports that there are common parameters for large cities.
The Ciudadanos candidate for mayor, Fernando Giner, believes that the first thing is to seek “common sense and consensus”, because this type of measure cannot be implemented without the opinion of neighbors, without the agreement of all the actors involved and without a “serious” study of needs, to improve the quality of life in the city and not make it worse.
“We must be cautious with the system of restrictions based on the pollution stickers of the Directorate General of Traffic, because we run the risk of punishing users with less economic capacity to change to more modern vehicles,” he warns.
Finally, the Vox candidate for mayor of Valencia, Juan Manuel Badenas, assures that he “would not implement” these Low Emission Zones: “They seem artificial to me and a restriction on the right to free movement of people in the national territory, regulated in article 19 of the Constitution”, he affirms. EFE