Madrid to ban old motor vehicles - 14th March
In a bid to reduce carbon emissions Madrid city government announced plans to ban the oldest most polluting vehicles from the city centre by 2025. The government will outlaw all petrol cars which were registered before 2000 and all diesel powered cars made before 2006. Currently this accounts for 20% of all the registered cars.
The ban would lower the NO2 levels in the city by an estimated 15%.
In the past 8 years, Madrid has failed to meet its European-union set targets on air quality. Other major cities such as Paris and Berlin have imposed similar plans to help fight global warming and lower carbon emissions.
Madrid's government has allocated 544 million euros to completing measures included in the plan, which also encourages greater use of renewable energy and regenerating urban areas.
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