The DGT environmental labels have been one of the most profound changes in the vehicle classification system. Apart from controversies about the usefulness or not of certain of them in certain vehicle models that are beginning to be seen in some countries, it seems clear that the DGT has to go one step further and expand the system.
This is what they seem to have going on. And although there is no clear roadmap, it seems that the regulatory body wants to complement the environmental labels with a series of extra classifications for vehicles. According to The countrythe DGT is planning classify vehicles based on their safety levels. However, unlike environmental labels, this new classification would not limit the circulation of less safe cars, but rather would function as positive reinforcement for those with better classification.
Although there is no concrete plan for how it would be carried out, or what security systems would be included in this classification, it is already being done in other countries. In Great Britain, for example, heavy vehicles can only access central London if they have specific safety systems, such as artificial vision cameras or blind spot warnings. The classification made there is by stars (not to be confused with style classifications such as Euro NCAP), but it does only allow access to the center for the safest.
The DGT’s idea is to reduce accidents
According to the aforementioned media, it is one of the possibilities that the DGT is considering, although it does not have the power to restrict traffic in large cities. However, it can propose a complementary classification system to guarantee the safety of certain vehicles, and from there, the bulk of the vehicle fleet.
At the moment, a direct classification is ruled out by the DGT, at least today. What the body is doing is analyze what a safe fleet iswhich would be a first step towards a more specific classification.
The central idea of all this is to reduce accidents, although it is not clear even from the DGT that this is the way to follow, that is, a specific classification for each vehicle circulating on the roads of Spain.