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Montevideo, December 19th 2018 - 03:31 UTC

Madrid bans old petrol and diesel vehicles to combat pollution

Wednesday, December 5th 2018 - 09:06 UTC
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Petrol vehicles manufactured before 2000 and diesel ones registered prior to 2006 are banned from the area or will face a 90 Euro fine. Petrol vehicles manufactured before 2000 and diesel ones registered prior to 2006 are banned from the area or will face a 90 Euro fine.

Madrid has activated an anti-pollution order that significantly restricts private vehicles in the city center, including a total ban on the most polluting cars.

The much-debated plan establishes a 472-hectare low-emission zone in the heart of the Spanish capital.

Petrol vehicles manufactured before 2000 and diesel ones registered prior to 2006 are banned from the area or will face a 90 Euro fine.

Only public buses, taxis, residents and some professional vehicles are exempt.

Electric, zero-emission cars are allowed in.

Some local politicians say the plan will have meager effects on air quality and is a publicity stunt by the city’s mayor Manuela Carmena.

Ms Carmena, a left-wing former judge, said those opposed to the changes will get used to the restrictions and increase their use of public transport.

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