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Madrid bans half of cars from roads to fight air pollution

打擊空污 馬德里禁止半數車輛上路

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Madrid authority has ordered half of most private cars off the roads to tackle worsening air pollution, a first in Spain.


The city council said in a statement: “vehicles with even-number registration plates will be allowed to drive around on even-number days and cars with odd-number registration plates on odd-number days. The restrictions will operate between 6.30am and 9pm”.


The measure is activated when levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere go above 200 micrograms per cubic meter in at least two measuring stations for two days running, and if the air is unlikely to clear imminently.


Other measures, including a ban on street parking for non-residents and reduced speed limits, will continue.


There are exceptions to the ban, such as for mopeds, hybrid cars, those carrying three people or more or used by disabled people. Buses, taxis and emergency vehicles are also exempt.


"It’s not about traffic restrictions but about the important issue of public health," deputy mayor Marta Higueras said. "Lots of people suffer from breathing problems and are very affected by pollution."


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